Darrin Bell The Talk

About the author:

Darrin Bell—recipient of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, the 2016 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning, the 2015 RFK Award for Editorial Cartooning, and UC Berkeley’s 2015 Daily Californian Alumni of the Year Award—began his career in 1995 at the age of twenty. While serving as the Daily Californian’s staff cartoonist, he began freelancing for the opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Oakland Tribune. In 1997, he cocreated the comic strip Rudy Park and self-syndicated it to technology magazines. United Media launched it into newspapers in 2001. In 2003, Bell launched his other comic strip, Candorville. He’s also a contributing cartoonist for the New Yorker.

About the book:

Through evocative illustrations and sharp humor, Bell examines how “The Talk” shaped intimate and public moments from childhood to adulthood. While coming of age in Los Angeles—and finding a voice through cartooning—Bell becomes painfully aware of being regarded as dangerous by white teachers, neighbors, and police officers and thus of his mortality. And now Bell must decide whether he and his own six-year-old son are ready to have “The Talk.”

Author photo by Makeda Rashidi.