Rudy Park cartoonist Darrin Bell was born in south-central Los Angeles and grew up in East LA. At a young age, he remembers going along with his mother while she attended classes at Cal State, where he would sit in a corner with some art supplies, quietly sketching.
Bell pursued his degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he began drawing editorial cartoons for the school newspaper. His award-winning work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune and on "60 Minutes." Although he took a break from drawing editorial cartoons soon after 9/11, his interest in the medium rekindled and the Writers Group began syndicating them in 2013.
In the late 1990s, Bell formed a partnership with writer Theron Heir and the two launched Rudy Park. Today, Bell both draws and writes the strip. And he's the genius behind daily comic strip Candorville, also syndicated by the Writers Group, which Bell developed shortly after enrolling at Berkeley in 1993.
Bell won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. He currently lives in Sacramento with his wife and three children.