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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!

Sad news

19 May 2008

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I’ve just received the very sad news that Disabled Solicitor and Disability Rights advocate Sue Maynard (Campbell) has died. Most of you will know that she had been in intensive care since the end of March following a cardiac arrest. Our thoughts go to her family and colleagues and to her many friends in the Disabled people’s movement around the world. Sue was one of the unsung heroines of the disabled people’s movement. She was a leading light in the Association of Disabled...

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Access

19 May 2008

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Don't forget. if you want to see a larger image and get a written description for use by your text recognition software, then just click on the cartoon and it will change for you.

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Rubber stamped

12 May 2008

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olderpeers cartoon

Not everything pro-disability gets rubber stamped by the House of Lords. Take last year, for example, when they ruled that older and disabled people placed in independent care homes by local authorities were not covered by the Human Rights Act. As you’re probably aware, the Human Rights Act includes duties that protect a person’s right to be treated with dignity, have their personal integrity respected, and enjoy privacy and family life. The government’s next move is to...

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Joint Research

12 May 2008

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The charity Comic Relief and the government department for social care have just announced that they are starting a joint research initiative to investigate the dignity and safety of older people in the care system. Perhaps they should start with the House of Lords?!

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Sue Maynard

12 May 2008

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I've just heard that Sue Maynard is currently in intensive care in her home town of Wakefield and is extremely poorly. Sue, a disabled solicitor and MD of Equal Ability has been at the forfront of the Disability Rights campaign before most of us had even heard of the Social Model. I'm sure you'll all join with me in sending her and her family our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Frustrating

5 May 2008

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beanstalk cartoon

Our old mate Jack Ashley is still plugging away at getting his Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill through the necessary readings in the House of Commons. The Bill was passed by the Lords last April and then introduced to the Commons by Roger Berry MP. It then failed after its second reading due to lack of Parliamentary time. I know that Jack found this extremely frustrating (to say the least!) and felt that the process was just being abused in order to block the Bill. He’s now...

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Human Rights

5 May 2008

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Bet you didn't know that the United Nations (UN) Convention, adopted by the UN’s General Assembly back in 2006, came into effect a couple of days ago on the third of May. The Convention’s aims are to safeguard the human rights of Disabled people around the world and have now been ratified by some 20 member states, including the UK. Slowly but surely eh folks!

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Friday, May 2nd 2008

2 May 2008

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amputee cartoon

May already. Where does the time go? Only seemed like last week that we were deciding what to do for christmas! It's supposed to mean a sign of aging when time starts to resemble a runaway train doesn't it? Ah well. Legless - As I've probably mentioned, a lot of my work gets used by fellow crips as part of their work as Disability Equality trainers. Having shared some of these cartoons with you in the past, I thought you might enjoy seeing another one that takes a dig at those...

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Monday, April 28th 2008

28 April 2008

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Disabled cartoon

Homogeneous group: I’m currently working on some new cartoons for use by Disability Equality trainers in the UK. It goes without saying that these people are themselves Disabled and not from the ranks of the non-disabled disability professionals that still exist (don’t get me going!). This is one of the cartoons I’ve come up with regarding the use of negative terminology around disability. Lots of people still refer to us as ‘the Disabled’, as if we’re really...

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Clearer Image

28 April 2008

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If you want to see a clearer image, just click on the cartoon and it will change to a larger size. You'll also find a description of the cartoon along with the enlargement (this is provided for screen reading software).

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Sex!

28 April 2008

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By the way, I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve now got several new cartoon collections available on the Crippen section of my web site (several times! – Ed). Funnily enough, I’m getting the most hits on the ‘Cripes, it’s a Crip’ booklet that has a chapter entitled ‘Sex’. Strange that … If you fancy taking a look at what’s available, here is the link for the Crippen ‘products’...

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Thursday, April 10th 2008

10 April 2008

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abled cartoon

Our cousins over the water: I often get requests from American magazines for cartoons. Well, to be more exact, they more often ask me if they can use one of the cartoons that they’ve seen on the web site or this blog. These e-zines (web based magazines) are usually run by a Disabled person with a specific impairment, and they feature issues relating to their own particular group of Crips. The Yanks sometimes have a bit of trouble getting their heads around our Social Model understanding...

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Hola Dolly

10 April 2008

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If like me you follow Dolly Sen’s blog on this site (click on the blog’s link up on the right) you see that she’s added some of her amazing poetry this month. That woman certainly has a way with words. I also noticed that she doesn’t mention her own web site, so here is
the link for that. Enjoy.

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Comments

10 April 2008

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Thanks for the comments on the last blog entry folks (the one below regarding Francesca). It's really great to get feedback so keep it coming.

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Torch boycott

4 April 2008

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tibet cartoon

Disabled comedian Francesca Martinez has withdrawn as a torch carrier for the Olympic Games saying she felt that taking part would legitimise violence in Tibet. YES! At last someone with the guts to stand by their principles. Not like some of the other people who are withdrawing, mainly because they don’t want to get involved in the politics, but who are giving a whole range of excuses for so doing!? ‘ … er, I’ve suddenly remembered I’ve got an appointment at...

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Response

4 April 2008

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I stand corrected. Apparently sport is more important than having your country, your people and your culture systematically destroyed by a superpower (and on this occassion I mean China!). Olympic athlete Steve Redgrave sums it all up in an article he's written for today's Gruaniad (5 April). He says 'I think people have realised athletes are a cheap hit, a way to get publicity for whatever cause they're trying to fight for.' Must get a bit confusing eh Steve,...

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Hoops

28 March 2008

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hoops cartoon

Olympics rant (again!): As I mentioned in this blog last year, funding within the UK is continuing to be sucked into a huge void labelled ‘The 2012 Olympic games’. At the time of writing the bill for this has risen to a spectacular £9.5 billion from its original estimate of £2.5 billion. It’s also likely to go even higher as we now discover that the Government may have overestimated the money (by £1 billion) it can get for land it plans to sell off after 2012. We...

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Terminated

28 March 2008

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On the first day of operation at Heathrows new Terminal 5, Matt Duffy was stuck on a flight arriving into Heathrow from Glasgow for more than an hour. Then when he was eventually transported to the terminal, the wheelchair user was met by a kerb. ‘I couldn't even get into the building without getting up a step,’ he said. ‘It is totally unbelievable as far as I am concerned.’ The terminal was 20 years in the planning, cost £4.3 billion to build and its staff...

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Competition

28 March 2008

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I noticed that Disabled cartoonist Eddie Freeman has posted a comment on this blog. Many of you won't know Eddie, but he's the guy who drew the very funny Blind Dogs for the Guides cartoon that appeared in the Disability Arts on Line magazine some while back. I thought that he'd retirement on the money they must have paid him, but it appears he's still around. Come on Eddie, get your finger out mate and let's see some more of your excellent work!

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Ouch

28 March 2008

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Have you seen the article that the Ouch site is currently running about Disability Art? It's mainly centred around the proposed Disability Archive at Holten Lee and is asking for feed-back. Here is
the link for it. Worth having a look I reckon.

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Publications

28 March 2008

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Incidentally, I’ve now got six new e-books as well as a cartoon calendar up on the web site. Here is
the link for that.
The books cover everything from the Social Model to Sex (thought that would get your attention!). Let me know what you think if you decide to indulge yourselves (Wondered when he'd try to plug his new books! - Ed).

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Our thoughts

28 March 2008

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I was really saddened to hear that Sally Wells, who'd been together with Kit for some 40 odd years has died. I had the privilege of working with them both on several occasions, the most memorable when they were co-producing a film about disability cartooning for Channel 4. She was a lovely, kind and caring woman and the world is going to be a much sadder place without her. Our thoughts are with you Kit. … And don't forget, you can comment on this, or any other Crippen cartoon...

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Clearer Image

28 March 2008

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If you want to see a clearer image, just click on the cartoon and it will change to a larger size. You'll also find a description of the cartoon along with the enlargement (this is provided for screen reading software).

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Criteria

11 March 2008

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Criteria cartoon

I blundered into an on-line arts chat room the other night and got talking to some folks about the inclusion of Disabled artists into mainstream arts venues and resources. This cartoon came from the ‘discussion’ that ensued, and pretty well sums up the attitude of the non-disabled people (artists?) who were on-line at the time. This was as far away from Social Model understanding as you could imagine by the way, and the majority only had an understanding of disability art through...

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Nothing new

2 March 2008

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Expert cartoon

Back with a new desk top computer after my old laptop crashed and burned just before Christmas, I’m hoping to get back into providing you all with regular blog entries once again. (I’m surely being punished for something I did in a former life?! – Ed) One of the things that I’ve been doing whilst I’ve been waiting for the computer fairy to come and replace my dead laptop is drawing a lot of new cartoons. These are mainly for some new cartoon books that I hope...

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