The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoons of Darrin Bell
"If even one person runs my cartoon, I'm happy with that as long as what I'm saying becomes part of the conversation." — Darrin Bell
Freelance cartoonist Darrin Bell won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for his sharp take on political hypocrisy, race and injustice. He is the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.
Bell started his career at age 20 as staff editorial cartoonist at the University of California-Berkeley's The Daily Californian in 1995. He sold his editorial cartoons to the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Bell turned to comic strips with "Rudy Park" in 1997 and "Candorville" in 2003, both syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group.
In 2013, spurred by the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teen killed in Florida in 2012, Bell again started penning editorial cartoons, this time as a side job. "I got back into editorial cartooning to say something," said Bell. "Not to make money."