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Step into the irreverent world of disabled cartoonist Crippen aka Dave Lupton, who has been in the vanguard of disability arts movement for more years than he cares to mention. His work has appeared in mainstream press, on TV and film and is now probably the best Disabled cartoonist in the world!

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15 March 2009

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Many of the anti-charity cartoons that I’ve created over the past couple of decades have tended to hit out at the Leonard Cheshire Foundation (LCF) and I’m often asked why that is. Where to begin? Well, apart from the fact that I’ve known quite a few people who have been ‘incarcerated’ (their description) in LCF homes and have told me about the lack of any mechanism that allows for them to have a say in the running of the establishments, and therefore their lives, I also take...

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Sex and Sexability

16 March 2009

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lesbian cartoon

OK boys and girls, due to public demand (well, the crip public anyway!) I've just posted a new book about the sexuality of Disabled people onto my web site. The link to the info page is: www.daveluptoncartoons.co.uk/crippen/news.html The idea for the book has been rumbling away on the back burner for some time and I've gradually added cartoons and text to the rough outline as different thoughts arise. Not that it's the only thing I'm thinking of you understand, although when you get to my age...

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Speedy crossing!

20 March 2009

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Boris cartoon

Having stated that he wants to work towards making his city the access capital of the world (in time for the 2012 Olympics) it’s now clear that Mayor of London Boris Johnson was referring to making the capital more accessible for motorists. He’s planning to introduced ‘speedy street crossings’ which means that crossing times for pedestrians will be cut by up to six seconds along with a reduced number of green man phases. This will mean that even reasonably fit pedestrians will have to...

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Ed's Art

2 April 2009

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EdsArt equal

I’ve decided to show another Disabled cartoonist’s work in this week’s blog slot. Probably shooting myself in the foot here aren’t I?! You may have seen some of Eddie Freeman’s cartoons running in Disability Now over the past several months. I’ve known Eddie for many years and during this time his style has changed a lot. He now uses avatars as his main character base which provides his cartoons with a high tech, modern look when compared against the more traditional method. Eddie...

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Millionaires?!

24 March 2009

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catch cartoon

Did you hear that organisations run by Disabled people are to receive a million pound boost to run themselves and help Disabled people to live fuller and more independent lives? Yes, that’s right, you heard me correctly. The government is giving money to us crips to continue doing what we do best – working with other crips. Great eh, and there’s no catch apparently! Care Services Minister, Phil Hope announced that twenty-five "user-led" organisations, which include Southampton Centre for...

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Second class health care

28 March 2009

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undemanding cartoon

You may remember a few weeks ago (30th January to be precise) I addressed the poor standard of health care for people with learning difficulties. Well you won’t be surprised to hear that The Health Service and Local Government Ombudsmen has directly linked the poor care of two Disabled people to their eventual deaths. The Ombudsmen had looked into complaints made by the charity Mencap representing families of the six Disabled people who died between 2003 and 2005. They found one Disabled man...

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Crippen's caricatures of Jane Campbell and Tom Shakespeare and the assisted suicide debate.

9 July 2009

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Jane Campbell and Tom Shakespeare debate assisted suicide

The current debate about assisted suicide has brought a lot of comment from Disabled people, some in support but most against. The two lead protagonists have emerged as long term disability activist Jane Campbell (or Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to give her her correct title) and Tom Shakespeare, a leading Disabled academic with a track record of making challenging and thought provoking comments. Some of the comments that we recieved in response to last weeks blog quite rightly fell foul of...

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Crippen's slant on the recent resignations from the Equality and Human Rights Commission

20 July 2009

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Crippen cartoon about Bert Massie & Jane Campbell's  resignations from the EHRC

Sir Bert Massie and Baroness Jane Campbell, leading figures within the United Kingdom's Disabled People's Movement have both resigned from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in protest over the reappointment of Trevor Philips as Chair for a second term. In the TimesonLine, Bert compares Phillips with Lord Cardigan, the Crimean war commander who led the disastrous charge of the Light Brigade. “It is rather as though at Balaklava Lord Cardigan had been reappointed and the remnants...

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All change?!

7 April 2009

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steering cartoon

Only eighteen months down the road and people are already abandoning the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) like the proverbial sinking ship! The chief executive, Nicola Brewer, is heading for pastures new along with the organisation's group director for strategy, Patrick Diamond. Commissioner Kay Hampton has already departed, and now our old mate Sir Bert Massie, former chair of the Disability Rights Commission and one of the 16 commissioners who run the body has said that he also...

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A2W Experiences

17 April 2009

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snip cartoon

Fellow crip Lorraine Gradwell at Breakthrough UK is asking if you have had any positive or negative experiences of the Access to Work scheme (A2W). If so, she’s asking you to write in and tell her about it. The hope is that this will maybe help others avoid some of the pitfalls that still exist. This is hot-on-the-heels of the government announcing an additional £8 million for the A2W scheme (designed to support Disabled people at their place of work). This now takes the funding to £77...

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Facebook

23 April 2009

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Wogan cartoon

It had to happen I suppose, I’ve joined Facebook, or rather I’ve had to join Facebook; not that I mean that I was forced to join, just that if I wanted to find out more about the ‘We shot Pudsey Bear’ movement I had to be a member of Facebook, so I joined (still with me?!). As I understand it, the ‘We Shot Pudsey Bear’ concept originated from that young fireball Clair Lewis who wanted to recreate the energy of the Telethon demos that a lot of us were involved in during the...

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Free text versions of cartoon books

30 April 2009

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Crippen logo

Just a quick heads up about the text versions of my cartoon books that are available on the web. I've just completed the 'Sex and Sexability' book and it should be up on the site early next week. The idea is that you'll be able to download these for free. If any one has any problems with their screen reading software and these text versions please let me know and I'll get on to the magic man, Ken Scott, who does all of my web work (you didn't really think I handled all of that side myself did...

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Scratch and Sniff?!

1 May 2009

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smell cartoon

So what happens when an armed police officer shouts at a Deaf person to stop?! Well, apparently because a Deaf person is part of the ‘special population groups’ or SPG’s for short, we are assured that the officer in question will not shoot first and ask questions afterwards. His “special training” will come in to play and everything will be OK. SPG’s by the way are “a group of people who do not behave in an expected, rational manner as a result of some...

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Crip 4 a day!

8 May 2009

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Crippen cartoon

Don’t you just love ‘em?! In an attempt to raise awareness of the sort of issues faced by Disabled people and to raise some funds for a clinic in Bangladesh, a school in Australia suggested that the children might like to dress as a person with a disability (sic) for a day. There was even to be a prize for the best pupil dressed to represent a Disabled person during this special ‘Disability Day’. Naturally enough, after protests were received from parents, local Disabled people and even...

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Kick a Crip

3 May 2009

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Martin Mann

So what shall we do today? I know, we’ll go and kick the shit out of some Disabled guy. These must have been the thoughts of four white thugs who laid into Martin Mann of Basildon last month when he was out walking his dog and minding his own business. Leaving him laying on the floor with a fractured eye socket and covered in blood, the thugs then ran away laughing. Martin’s family and friends have posted on Facebook asking for people to come forward and help the police track down these …...

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New style

14 May 2009

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Crippen expenses cartoon

Starting from this week I’m going to occasionally try and express myself by just creating a topical cartoon and holding back on the usual accompanying dialogue. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the writing aspect of the blog, I do, and it’s easier to create a cartoon that has some writing supporting it. From time to time I’d like to challenge my existing comfort zone in an attempt to explore another level of expression as a Disabled cartoonist. I’m also hoping that by doing this, the...

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Testing times

21 May 2009

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Crippen test cartoon

Another one this week combining a couple of hot news items ...

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Last chance saloon

27 May 2009

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Crippen cartoon

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced the appointment of Neil Kinghan as Interim Director General of the Commission for the next six months ... er Forgive me, but those of you who know me will know that I'm a simple soul, so please could I have some help. Let me think. Over-arching equality bill, just starting its passage, important moment for equality and human rights, scarcely a more important moment for strong and highly respected leadership ... hmmmm. I'm struggling...

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Into hospital ...

30 May 2009

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Crippen cartoon

Hi boys and girls,

I'm into our local hospital on Sunday 31st for a hip replacement operation so not sure if I'll be posting this coming week. But never fear, I'll be back to annoy you as soon as I can ...

I'll leave you with this cartoon to hold the fort until my return!


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Tip of the iceberg

26 June 2009

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iceberg

As the BNP gain a foothold in the local council elections, the potential threat to minority groups such as our own becomes more of a reality.

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Opt out ...

18 June 2009

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army cartoon

As expected the Government has opted out of parts of the United Nations Convention for Human Rights … including the commitment to recruit Disabled people to the armed forces....

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Crippen's take on the 'final solution' of assisted suicides

7 July 2009

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A cartoon based upon  assisted suicide

The following letter is currently being circulated in order to bring attention to Lord Falconer's attempts to amend the Coroner's and Justice Bill on 7th July in the House of Lords. This could have a significant impact on our community ... please read on. Open Letter from Leaders of Disabled People’s Movement in UK and USA Dear Sir, As leaders of the disabled people’s movement in the UK and the USA, we are extremely concerned about how the proposed amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill...

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Crippen's introduction to the world of Asperger's Syndrome

1 August 2009

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Crippen's Aspergers and Disabled people cartoon

I've started to create cartoons based upon people who have Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This has mainly been due to the contacts that I've been making through Facebook and the new networks of Disabled people that I'm 'meeting' through this facility. It's a difficult area to work in I'm discovering, as the various people involved in this area of impairment tend to have different points of view regarding their position in the Disabled people's movement ... or not! Obviously, those contacts I'm...

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