Cartoonist Darrin Bell began his career at the age of 20, drawing biweekly cartoons for the LA Times. He drew editorial cartoons for the Daily Californian while studying political science at UC Berkeley, where he won multiple awards as well as being a runner-up for both the Charles M. Schulz Award and Locher Award. He was noticed by the nation at large, however, when Muslim students protested his controversial 9-11 comic.
Bell's latest comic, "Rudy Park," focuses on a former Internet businessman-turned-barista at a coffee shop where the customers' prime directive seems to be giving Rudy a hard time. Two compilation books were released in 2003 and 2004. At its inception, "Rudy Park" was a partnership with writer Theron Heir; Bell now continues it solo, as well as the comic strip "Candorville."