WHAT STRUCK DARRIN BELL first, powerfully and personally, were Trayvon’s eyes.
In them he saw something intangible, the “Candorville” creator tells Comic Riffs, “that suggested to me that he was essentially a good kid, and that one day he’d grow into a good man.”
Bell acknowledges that this perhaps was pure projection, but “isn’t that what we’re supposed to do with kids?” says the L.A.-based cartoonist. ”We’re supposed to find something good in them — even if we have to create it and project it on them — and nurture that. The most tragic part of all this, I thought, was that nobody would ever be able to do that for him; and he would never become the person he could have become.”
This week, Bell delivers a powerful story arc as his “Candorville” character Lemont “talks” with a hoodie-wearing Trayvon in the wake of the recent fatal shooting of the Florida teenager by George Zimmerman. In creating the series, Bell returned to those first riveting images.
“My only goal was to return to my initial thoughts about the tragedy — to return to what I saw in Trayvon Martin’s eyes when I turned on my TV that first morning,” Bell tells Comic Riffs. “I let all the other chatter fall away, and just focused on that, and it flowed naturally.”
Comic Riffs asked Bell to share more of his “Candorville”-channeled thoughts on the Trayvon Martin shooting: (Read the entire interview at the Washington Post)
And stay tuned for the rest of Trayvon’s visit. You’ll want to see where this takes them.