To cap off the year, Carrie Fisher — best-selling author, screenwriter, beloved actor (best known as “Princess Leia”), and inspiration to millions — passes away at the relatively young age of 60.
My first New Yorker cartoon runs in this week’s issue. Check it out at your nearest news stand or on their website at http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/issue-cartoons/new-yorker-cartoons-march-7-2016 .
It’s the thirteenth (second-from the last) cartoon in that slideshow. Thirteen is lucky, right?
My brand new editorial cartoon book is out. All 172 cartoons are printed large and in full color (hence the larger-than-usual price tag). I’ve written a preface giving you the backstory behind these cartoons, and explaining why they almost never existed. I’ve also included annotations for almost all the cartoons. Go get it now!
Book description: “The year in political cartoons by Darrin Bell of the Washington Post Writers Group, winner of the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Editorial Cartooning. From police brutality to corporate con artists, to rape, to Chris Christie’s Bridgegate, this was the year when everyone got away with everything. If they were rich or powerful, that is.
These beautifully-drawn, full color cartoons are thoughtful and evocative. As Amy Lago of the Washington Post Writers Group put it, ‘Darrin is like a sign language interpreter translating what whites say into what blacks hear. Bell prodded readers to consider how different celebrities are viewed through the prism of race. When two NYPD officers were gunned down, his cartoon illustrated how they lost their lives because of the uniforms they wore. Bell deftly takes on the pressing social issues of the day, from gay rights, to rape victims who are not believed, to children flooding into the United States, hoping for a brighter future.'”