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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!

Weighty matters

31 October 2008

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Crippen weight cartoon

Are you still allowed to have middle aged spread when you’re in your 60’s?! Like most Crips my impairments means that I’m a bit limited on what I can achieve in the form of exercise (well that’s his excuse - Ed) and this inevitably means that I’ve put on more weight than I would like … OK, more weight than my GP would like. I personally think it suits me, and comments like ‘How’s it hanging fatty’ from the likes of Kit Wells is just...

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Access derailed

25 October 2008

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Crippen gap cartoon

I was wandering around the various web sites and blogs the other day and came across an article by a young Disabled woman who’d been left on a train after everyone else had got off and apparently forgotten about. She’d sat there for about four hours until cleaners came on the train and found her. I honestly thought that this type of problem was now a thing of the past. How naive could I be?! gap cartoon The UK’s national rail watchdog has recently undertaken a study of...

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Stability

20 October 2008

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Crippen stabilisers cartoon

I think I’ve mentioned my friend who’s recently taken to using a wheelchair and has suddenly been confronted with the realities of Disability discrimination (remember him trying to use a credit card in a pub?!). Well, he’s now decided that he’d be better off with a power chair as he’s getting totally pissed off with having to clean dog shit off his hands whenever he self-propels down the road each time! stabilisers cartoon It’s not just the dog shit...

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Boob job

10 October 2008

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Crippen boobjob cartoon

I’ve done a couple of articles and produced several cartoons of a sexual nature over the years, obviously all involving Disabled people in one position or another ( pun intended!). boobjob cartoon That’s the thing about sex and disability, for a lot of non-disabled people they just don’t go together. In one of my cartoon book called ‘Cripes, it’s a Crip’ I devote one chapter to the subject of sex. Nothing too heavy, but enough to provoke a response from...

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May contain nuts

3 October 2008

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Crippen WCs cartoon

Every now and then I produce a cartoon that gets an adverse reaction from our non-disabled brothers and sisters. This one on a mental health theme is one such example! WCs cartoon Not even bothering to check out the facts surrounding the cartoon, these critics launch in with a string of invective usually headed up by ‘How very dare you …!’ Most of the time I simply ignore them, as it detracts from the whole point of having constructed the cartoon in the first place –...

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Disabled cash

26 September 2008

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Crippen money cartoon

A mate of mine, I’ll call him Ken, who usually has problems when he goes into pubs because of his small stature, has recently joined the ranks of us ‘wheelies’ and now experiences a different form of discrimination. money cartoon Before, all Ken had to do was bring out his passport or driving licence, which clearly showed that he was over 18, and that was that. He’d get his drink and sit down somewhere to enjoy it (don’t get him started on the height of bar...

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Culture innit?!

19 September 2008

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Crippen compete cartoon

The organisers of London 2012 have announced plans for the largest ever celebration of disability arts as part of a Cultural Olympiad (what is it about that term that makes me shudder?!). Originally called ‘Extraordinary Abilities’ (I know!), they’ve now decided to call the event ‘Unlimited’, although this clearly doesn’t relate to the amount of funding that’s being pledged. compete cartoon To date, only £600,000 has been offered for a series of...

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Upside down

12 September 2008

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Crippen drunk cartoon

You do disappoint me. Not one response to last week’s paralympics cartoon! Doesn’t anybody else have any thoughts on the subject? This week’s cartoon follows an article I read about a Disabled woman in the UK who’d had to pull into the side of the road for a rest. While she was sitting in her car she was given a fine by one of the new community wardens that have taken over the role of some traffic wardens and the police. drunk cartoon Her crime? Was it that she was...

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Human rights

5 September 2008

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Crippen paralympics cartoon

I was drawn to the controversial area of the Paralympics for this weeks blog entry when I spotted a headline that was a cartoon in itself really. Apparently it concerned the Chinese and their decision to keep the Paralympics torch flame inside the borders of mainland China (apparently the protests in other countries about their treatment of Tibet didn’t go down too well). The headline? ‘China drops the Paralympic's international leg …’ ! (well it made me laugh...

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Wrong legs

29 August 2008

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Crippen exocrip cartoon

Remember Wallace and Grommet and the 'Wrong Trousers'? Well … A robotic set of legs to help people paralysed from the waist down has been designed by a Disabled Israeli engineer. exocrip cartoon Crippen exocrip cartoon The device effectively mimics the exoskeleton of a crab. By using a backpack device and braces on their legs and by selecting the activity they want from a remote control wrist band, users can stand, walk and climb steps. Although users have to walk with crutches, they...

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Crossroads

22 August 2008

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Crippen cripclop cartoon

I thought that I’d combine a couple of political issues that have been picked up by my radar this week. Our Bert Massie (Sherbert to you mate!) has expressed strong reservations about the way in which the government has gone about the setting up of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), upon which he sits as a member of the disability committee (oops!). cripclop cartoon He thinks there should have been a review to determine the exact needs of Disabled people in relation to the...

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Perfect human

15 August 2008

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Crippen Cripclone cartoon

Human cloning in order to produce the perfect human being got me to thinking. We already have perfect humans - in the shape of the limitless variety of Disabled people that inhabit this earth, so what is it they are really looking for? Cripclone cartoon Most of the warmest, kindest, creative, gutsy people I know are Disabled people. And just think what this world would have missed if it were only populated by so-called perfect, non-disabled human clones. We’d have had very little...

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Super crips

8 August 2008

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Crippen steps cartoon

Many people credit me with the access cartoon showing a Dalek stuck at the bottom of a flight of steps when setting out to conquer the world. I’m not sure who came up with this gem; it might have been the late Steve Cribb, I only know that it struck a cord for people when looking at physical access issues. steps cartoon Nowadays Daleks appear to have developed the ability to levitate up and down any steps that they come across in their mission to exterminate mankind. Useful skill if...

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Teaching disability

1 August 2008

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Crippen teaching cartoon

Having many friends within the Disabled People’s Movement who came up through the special educational system, I’ve been given a bit of an insight into just how effective this system works. O.K, there are those who have come through it and have carved a niche for themselves, for example as Disabled academics (mostly women now I come to think about it). But for the most, being singled out from an early age as special, along with the inevitable self fulfilling prophesy that comes...

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Pigeon holed

25 July 2008

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Crippen mad cartoon

During the course of my career as Crippen I’ve produced lots of cartoons relating to the concept of labeling people. It’s quite a simple notion to illustrate, with actual labels hung around the neck of various individuals to indicate the diagnosis they had been given by many a so called disability professional. It also makes life far simpler for society when individuals can be pigeon holed and identified as belonging to one group or another in this way. The classic one is the use...

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Giving notice

18 July 2008

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Crippen blindsign cartoon

I heard a funny story from a Disabled friend the other day. He’s been working as an access auditor in one of the big hospitals in the North of England and really felt that he was starting to get through to them. blindsign cartoon They’d initially thought that all they had to do was improve their wheelchair access and that would be that! The fact that they also had to work at their signage and communication, along with other non-physical aspects came as a bit of a surprise to them...

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Damn nation

11 July 2008

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Crippen dyke cartoon

You’ll remember that the government provoked uproar among Disabled people last year when it announced that it would be introducing a single equality duty in place of the disability equality duty (DED). This new bill, according to the blurb sent out about it is designed to strengthen existing laws and bring nine separate anti-discrimination laws, including the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), into a single piece of legislation. The DDA was admittedly not the best piece of disability...

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Rough Justice

4 July 2008

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Crippen justice cartoon

Three men who repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on a Disabled man over a £5 bet to see who could knock him out first, have won reductions in their minimum sentences at the Court of Appeal. William Hughes, 22, Marcus Miller, 16, and Stephen Bonallie, 17, were sentenced to minimum prison terms of between 15 and 22 years after killing Brent Martin, 23, on Sunderland’s Town End Farm estate in August of last year. After the attack, the men posed for pictures and left Brent dying...

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Explorer

20 June 2008

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explorer cartoon

I’ve had several emails recently saying that some of you have been having problems accessing this blog through Internet Explorer. We’ve not been the only site that’s been effected though, as Internet Explorer generally has been hanging, freezing, failing to find web pages, failing to log on to email accounts, etc., amongst other problems. Interestingly, this problem only occurs if you’re also running Skype on your computer. Well, it seems that it’s all to do...

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The blues

16 June 2008

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blue badge cartoon

According to the daily Torygraph Disabled people are selling their blue badges on e-bay for as much as 5,000 pounds. Apparently in London, the badges exempt motorists from the capital's congestion charge, a concession worth about £2,000 on its own, before parking is taken into account. In another article they also claim that: ‘up to 700,000 motorists are fraudulently using disabled badges to obtain parking privileges all over Britain – this is according to evidence presented to...

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Told you so!

9 June 2008

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has estimated that for every million pounds spent on the Pathways to work programme, which has now been rolled out across Great Britain, £1.5 million is returned through reduced benefits and increased tax contributions.

OK everyone, after me … Told you so! Told you so!!

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Communication

4 June 2008

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arrow cartoon

And it’s good to see that the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) is still alive and kicking. It all went a bit quiet after Alan Holdsworth (Aka Johnny Crescendo) departed for the States a few years ago. My sources tell me that about 25 Disability activists and their PA’s entered the foyer of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) building and demanded to meet James Purnell, the work and pensions secretary. This was in a protest against ‘the use of...

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Mine field

26 May 2008

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minefields cartoon

Those of you who’ve read my e-books will know that I’m not backward in coming forward when it comes to lambasting this Government with regard to its continued involvement in the American Iraq war … oops, sorry, the free world’s war against terrorism! (Phew, nearly had those men in raincoats who mutter into their sleeve round again!). We now hear that the Ministry of Defence has announced extra funding for their medical center at Headley Court, which provides treatment...

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Respect

23 May 2008

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Here’s your chance folks, and right on the tail of this week's cartoon (they make it too easy for me don’t they!). The human rights watchdog is calling on Disabled people to tell them ‘if they haven't been treated with dignity and respect by public bodies’. Apparently the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) wants to compile an accurate picture of how the Human Rights Act is working and how it can be improved. So, all you have to do is to go on their site and...

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Non human?!

19 May 2008

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non-humans cartoon

It’s official, according to the UK Government, Disabled people are not really Human! Some of you will probably have seen a copy of the press statement put out by the United Nations Convention Campaign Coalition (UNCCC) referring to the apparent reversal by Gordon Brown’s Government regarding the UK’s involvement with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The UNCCC is a coalition of 22 Disabled people’s and disability organisations...

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