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9 July 2012

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Episode 1

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Crippen six frame cartoon strip telling the the story of a day in the life of the O'Crypes

Mrs O’Crype introduces her family

Brad’s been really getting on my nerves. He knows we can’t afford tickets for the Paralympics. He says he wants to see Oscar Pistorius – calls him the Usain Bolt of disabled athletics. Only he doesn’t use the word ‘disabled’. He doesn’t even use the word ‘Paralympics’ – he calls them the ‘Cripalympics’.

I do hate that word – ‘Crip’.
Even if Brad does use it.

I reckon it’s a phase he’s going through – well he’s bound to be moody, ever since his accident. But there’s no need to be rude. I mean look at Mutt – he’s a lovely dog, even though he’s only got three good legs. But you never see him being moody. If anything it’s as if he’s even happier a leg short. Well, you learn to adjust, don’t you?

But I suppose that’s the problem with Brad – he’s having trouble adjusting.

Anyway, Judy’s happy, now this Cultural Olympiad is starting (I must remember that she wants to be called Jood now!). St Awaye’s has invited ex-pupils to take part in a dance show in late July. She loves dancing, does Jood. And she was saying to Brad that with ATOS sponsoring the Paralympics perhaps Brad could write to them and get tickets for the sprint finals.

It’s a funny name, isn’t it, ATOS?

Gramps says it’s ATOS as in ‘I don’t give ATOS,’ but I think they’re alright. Well, they must be if they’re sponsoring the Paralympics. I mean, they must get a lot of money if they’re doing that. I know some people say this government couldn’t run a bath, what with all the U-turns they keep making, but if ATOS have a government contract – well, they must be OK.

Anyway, Jood’s happy. She’s such a lovely girl, and growing up so fast. I thought life would be hard when the doctor at the hospital told me she’d been born with learning difficulties. But she’s a lovely girl.

I’m not sure why some of her benefits have been stopped though. It seemed to happen after we had to go for that assessment with ... now what was their name?

Anyway, I’m excited about the Cultural Olympiad.
A shame about the Paralympics though. Brad would so love to go.
Now – I must write to ATOS.
They sound like a nice lot.

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Comments

Dave Lupton

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14 July 2012

Free gift - you mean like one of those thunder thingies (a bit of brown paper glued to a bit of card and folded). You have to flick the card downwards to release the paper with a sound like thunder. They used to advertise it with the strap line "you'll be amazed!" (I don't think I ever was!);-)

John O\'Donoghue

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11 July 2012

I think this is looking good. But perhaps it's not fir me to say... But I do feel a little bit like I did when I used to get The Beano as a kid... I think what we'll need to do Dave is to bring out a Bumper summer Edition and see if we can't put a free gift inide... Sugestions on a postcard...

Diana

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10 July 2012

Nice going folks, keep up the good work! x

Dave Lupton

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10 July 2012

And for those of you using screen reading software there's a full description of each strip cartoon. Just click on the strip cartoon and it will take you to it. :-)

Crippen

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10 July 2012

This is working so much better with the written blog in the gallery AND in the blog area. Looking good MR Col and thanks for all of your hard work getting this up for us. You are a gentleperson and a scholar :-)

Colin Hambrook

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10 July 2012

I've run the text underneath now and wonder if that works better? We've done an enormous amount of work trying to get the best format. Having initially thought of it as a blog I realised the blog template wouldn't allow a large enough image to display to make a six frame 'toon viewable. We thought about displaying the frames on a slideshow but that didn't work either. So we made this format and I thought perhaps we'd run the blog anyway. Hope you like it!

John O\'Donoghue

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9 July 2012

Actually... That may be one for the Eds... I know they've been working very hard to get the best integration they can with the various elements of The O'Crypes...

Bear with us!

John O\'Donoghue

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9 July 2012

Do?! DON'T!

John O\'Donoghue

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9 July 2012

Good point.

Will haved a word with Dave and DAO Eds and see what we can do about layout.

Early days!

But important to get it right...

Do shoot me, I'm only the piano player (I'm typing this mainly in the Key of C...;-0)

Arty Farty

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9 July 2012

Wonder why these toons aren't with the bloggy bit. feels a bit divorced from each other?!

Rebecca Stell via FaceBook

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9 July 2012

Well done both artists! Only wish more people would see the ironies as you do!

John O\'Donoghue

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9 July 2012

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, Dave does tell rather than show, doesn't he...? ;-) The idea is that Dave does a free-standing strip, and that I submit blogs by each of the O'Crypes. If you see what I mean...

We've been asked to do this together, as a serial, so hope to play around with a variety of genres, from Victorian Penny Dreadfuls, to the Soaps, to all of those Reality TV Shows you all love ;-(

Personally, I would love to see Dave commissioned to animate his cartoons. He's a very funny man...

Arty Farty

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9 July 2012

Looking good so far Mr C. It's certainly nothing like your usual 'in yer face' style but I'm growing to like it. First time I've encountered John O'Donoghue's work as well. I notice he's written some other pieces for DAO which I've enjoyed. What's going to happen next?!

Crippen

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9 July 2012

Hi Matthew. The new O'Crypes cartoon strip and blog are created by John O'Donoghue (who does the writing) and myself (creating the strip cartoon). It's a new style with each part being able to stand alone but hopefully complementing each other. As for where it's going ... you have as much of a clue as we have at the moment. This family seem to be taking on a life of their own! Thanks for your interest though :-)

Matthew Goodsell via his blog

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9 July 2012

I just stumbled onto this oddity, a cartoon-based blog about a family whose members all have disabilities. I don't know where they're going with it, and to my mind this first entry is written in a wierd, over-explanatory way - ie, they tell rather than show - but it seems to have huge potential for highlighting the plight of those with disabilities in britain today. Definitely worth keeping an eye on."

http://www.matthewgoodsell.co.uk/entry.php?entry_id=2316

Paula Peters via FaceBook

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9 July 2012

Move over Simpsons the O'Crypes are moving in - the blog was fanstatic, loved it, and the pic brilliant, terrific David & John :)

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