Another Stereotype Bites the Dust: a Candorville collection
Reviewed: December 13, 2006
By: Darrin Bell
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
128 pages, $13.95
Darren Bellís Candorville is another
attempt to get away from the very white world of the daily newpaper strip.
Its three central characters are a black would-be writer named Lemont Brown;
a ambitious Mexican-American business woman named Susan Garcia; and a gangsta,
would-be rapper, named Clyde (or C-Dog).
While many of the cartoons in this
strip are simply about the flaws in the relationships among these three people,
there are other thing going on, some of which almost reach the level of opinion
Lemont has a lot of trouble with his
bank, Wells Frago, but these strips are more of a critique of banking business
practices than they are about Lemontís finances.
One continuing series has to do with
the messages he leaves on his answering machine for his mother. Another deals
with great lies that have been told to the public by their governments down
through the ages. A number of strips make pointed contrasts between the Viet
Nam War and the current war in Iraq. Still another has people saying the politically
correct things to each other, while thought balloons reveal whatís really
on their minds. A couple of the continuing characters are even homeless folk
who live in boxes in alley ways.
Candorville contains a lot of laughs,
for sure, but it also contains quite a few things to think about.