Rudy Park by Darrin Bell and Theron Heir
Type: Comic Strip
Rudy Park is the story of a modern family connected not by blood, but by something much more powerful: caffeine. These friends, misfits and latte addicts - like many Americans in search of connection - find their sense of community at a cafe. With some characters who barely look up from their iPhones and others who only communicate via bullhorn, Rudy Park skewers the eccentricities of modern communication.
Darrin Bell is the creator of the comic strips Candorville and Rudy Park. Candorville is an insightful look at family, community and race through the eyes of Lemont Brown, a young black writer. Rudy Park. is the story of a modern family connected not by blood, but by something much more powerful: caffeine. “Candorville and Rudy Park. both take on the absurdities of modern America,” said Bell. “Candorville from the inner city perspective of a single dad, Rudy Park. from the suburban perspective of a former dot-commer who was forced to work at a café after the dotcom bubble burst. It’s irreverent social and political commentary that isn’t afraid to barbecue sacred cows.”
Bell is an African-American who grew up in Los Angeles. A self-taught artist, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a political science degree. Having gained popularity for his social commentary, Bell has been featured in The Washington Post’s “Comics Riffs” about Candorville’s series on the deaths of Bin Laden and Trayvon Martin. He has also been featured in The Daily Cartoonist industry blog and invited to university panel discussions.
Meet the Cast of Rudy Park
- Rudy Park A 20-something manager of the local cafe and a world class Gen Xer. Optimistic but apolitical, he’s eager to try new things, though his attention span is wickedly short. Believes true happiness can be found at the mall.
- Armstrong Maynard Cafe owner, entrepreneur and scheming capitalist. His intellect is awesome, but it’s often directed at taking advantage of someone (family members or otherwise).
- Sadie Cohen Practical joker, retiree, contrarian, Scrabble® fanatic. Knows just how to get under everyone’s skin, and does so with glee.
- Randy “The Rock” Taylor Former gridiron star, ladies’ man and secretive type who, despite his lughead demeanor, hides a thoughtful, creative side.
- Mort Park Rudy’s uncle. A kindly man, vegetarian and ranting liberal. He’s rarely seen without a telltale bullhorn, which he uses to implore annoyed cafe visitors to be more socially conscious.
- Darlene Desai Workaholic and Olympic-caliber multi-tasker who plans to rack up as many billable hours as possible and reap the rewards. In short, the apple of Rudy’s eye.