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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!

BAFTA's

11 February 2008

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Bafta cartoon

OK. It’s me; I’m back and not having to rely on a borrowed laptop to punch out a few words to go with my latest cartoon. Go on, admit it. You’ve missed me haven’t you?! (groan! – Ed) You can read about the context behind this cartoon in Colin Hambrook´s Editorial Blog, but it was basically about the Bafta people getting cold feet about screening a film by a Disabled producer called 'The Last American Freak Show'. And this at a venue hosted by a...

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Funding Fiasco

2 January 2008

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Arrested cartoon

The saga concerning the withdrawal of funds by the Arts Council for some 188 Arts organisations, including several organisations of Disabled people, continues. Following protests from several heavyweights of the UK Theatre scene, including Kevin Spacey, Judy Dench, Ian McKellon, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard, the Arts Council have decided to reconsider some of the proposed cuts - but not unfortunately those concerning Disabled people (why are we not surprised?! - Ed). One of the groups given...

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RIP

2 January 2008

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RIP cartoon

This cartoon is linked to our Editor’s blog and relates to the devastating cuts in Arts Council funding for 2008. This has a direct impact on both the National Disability Arts Forum (NDAF) and the London Disability Arts Forum (LDAF) who, subject to appeal, will close in April. Colin Hambrook sums it up far more eloquently in his blog (just click on the blogs link across on the right to find the link for the Editor’s blog ). Don´t forget, you can have your say about any of the...

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Scared?!

1 January 2008

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Bathing request cartoon

This cartoon relates to the Independent Living Bill which is currently going through Parliament, ably promoted by Jack Asley and Jane Campbell. Crippen pulled the idea for this cartoon from Jane’s speech in the House of Lords before Christmas. A lot of Jane's own experiences as a Disabled person, and those of other people she has contact with, were included in her speech. This ensured that those members who were listening, related it directly to the lives of Disabled people and allowed...

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Happy new Year

31 December 2007

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Crippen Happy New Year cartoon – Christmas Holiday 2007

Happy New year! May next year be as eventful as this one and you get all that you deserve (you never know, someone might treat you to one of my cartoon books!). See you all again next year, with a slightly different format ...

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Echo-sketch

25 December 2007

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Crippen Christmas morning cartoon - 25th December 07

Merry Christmas folks. I'm off to see what Santa has left under the tree for me. It might be a new computer (fingers crossed) or it might be the usual socks, an orange and a bag of nuts!

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Wheelchair user?!

21 December 2007

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Crippen Final Warning cartoon - 2nd December 07

Some people just don't get it do they. I use a wheelchair when I need to, and when I don't, I don't - if you see what I mean?! I've lost count of the number of times I've revisited a venue to be told 'I thought you were in a wheelchair?!' 'Yes, I was, the last time I visited. But I'm OK today and don't need it'. This is usually followed by a suspicious look! It's the same with blue badges. I use mine when I need to, and when I don't need to, I park in a 'normal' space. Simple enough I would...

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Thursday 20th December 2007

20 December 2007

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Crippen Crip Van Winkle cartoon - 5th December 07

OK. Enough of that. Here's another cartoon taking a light hearted look at the progress that's been made in the name of Disability in the UK - or not, as it happens! I've produced many variations on this theme over the years and am really looking forward to the time that I can create something that gives the reverse message - OK, and pigs might fly!

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Wednesday, December 19th 2007

19 December 2007

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Specimen cartoon

You'll find the following cartoon on the science blog that has been started on this web site. Our Editor Colin asked me for a contribution and this was it. It's quite an interesting blog to read if you get the time with contributions coming in from academic crips and scientists alike. It'll be worth watching as things develope in this area.

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Tuesday, December 18th 2007

18 December 2007

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Bite cartoon

I rarely get feedback from those organisations that I target in some of my work, such as the Arts Council. However, the other day I did recieve an email from a woman who claimed to work at the said organisation. She accused me of having a biased outlook and that I only ever created cartoons that looked at the negative side of issues. I couldn't really argue with her, as this is what I do. This following cartoon is therefore dedicated to Joan (as she signed herself).

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Thursday, December 13th 2007

13 December 2007

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Christmas Bug cartoon

Sorry about this following one folks. I can hear the groans from here, especially from our Editor! Well, there is a lot of it going around isn't there?! I actually had to amend this cartoon as when I first created it the bug was quite horrific and I didn't want to be accused of frightening the children or those of you with a sensitive disposition!

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Clocking out

13 December 2007

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Watch cartoon

This idea came after watching a market stall holder doing his patter with a tray of watches. I asked him if he had any that had more than 24 hours on their face? I won't tell you his reply - no sense of humour some people! Anyway, this cartoon came out of the incident.

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Bloody computers!

13 December 2007

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Out the window cartoon

Bloody computer! It's now decided that it doesn't recognise another bit of the software that I use to produce my cartoons for the web. Although not having resorted to throwing it out of the window, I'm coming pretty close!

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Legless

12 December 2007

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Octopus cartoon

And OK. I know that the octopus one isn't festive, but it made me chuckle, and I drew it! I think I may have got the idea from the American Disabled cartoonist Callahan who drew a cartoon of an alien with one of it's three legs missing, begging in a wheelchair as other three legged aliens walked by. Still, I'm sure that he's got some ideas from me!

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Snowman

12 December 2007

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Snowman cartoon

This next snowman one got included in a batch of equality cartoons I produced for a trainer oop North.

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Singing for the disabled

12 December 2007

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Carols cartoon

As Christmas draws closer and this old laptop of mine gradually gives up more of the ghost, I thought I'd amuse you with some of the cartoons I've been creating with a festive theme. Most of these are being used on cards and newsletters around the Disabled community, so keep your eyes open. I based this cartoon on an experience one of my Disabled mates in the UK related to me the other week. We'll call him Ben. He described having to struggle to the door after hearing the bell go and having...

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Hoops!

7 December 2007

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Crippen Hoops cartoon - 3rd December 07

I’ve created several cartoons around this theme over the past several months or so, and this idea came to me as I was looking at some old sketches I’d done of crips having to jump through the proverbial hoops in order to get anywhere. Even though I say so myself, I think the use of the Olympic hoops in this context says it all at the moment! Incidentally, I’ve now got six new e-books up on the Crippen web site as well as a cartoon calendar. The books cover everything from...

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Billions!

3 December 2007

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Projects cartoon

As I mentioned earlier in this blog and also in a couple of my cartoon e-books, 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 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...

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Super Crips

29 November 2007

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Super Crip strikes again and this time it’s a Disabled person who’s supporting that urban myth that when we loose one of our senses, we develop our remaining senses to become super improved to compensate! The man in question is the latest recruit to the Brussels police, who, along with five other blind and visually impaired detectives have been enlisted to aid the fight against international terrorism and drug trafficking. The article, which appears in the Independent earlier this...

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Cartoons

27 November 2007

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Incidentally, were not sure why some of the cartoons on this blog come out in different sizes when they are all uploaded at the same size. Nor is it understood why some of the speech bubbles have clearer text in some and not others. Once the techies have sorted this out we’ll redo the cartoons for you.

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Two tribes

27 November 2007

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Crippen Chasm cartoon

I’ve had a look at an article being written in support of trying to bring the two 'camps' of carers and Disabled people together to campaign on the fundamental, underlying issue of adequate social care. I must admit to having a pretty knee jerk reaction whenever the subject of carers, linked to Disabled people, comes up! I can even remember upsetting a few carer support groups with cartoons I’ve done in the past! I think there were issues around the terminology itself and the very...

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Spanish disability

26 November 2007

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Whilst we’ve been in Spain we’ve tried to make contact with other Disabled people down here, preferably Spanish. We had some success communicating with a deaf guy a little while ago, mainly through his Spanish sign language and Jeni’s BSL, which had a lot of similarity. He belonged to a Deaf group in Granada which was mainly a social thing. He didn’t really have any concept of Deaf politics, nor about Disability politics generally. He sold raffle tickets for a living...

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Stuck on you!

25 November 2007

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Crippen Velcro cartoon

Jeni’s worn a back brace for as long as I’ve known her. She recently changed from the heavy-duty leather type prescribed by the NHS, to a lightweight model which we’ve sourced in Spain. This new one is fastened by Velcro and doesn’t have the many straps and buckles that the NHS go in for. The reason I mention this is that I’ve now taken to wearing something similar (the discs in my back having finally given up the ghost and come out in sympathy with the rest...

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Cartooning Part 3

24 November 2007

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Along with the personal computer (PC), the other major influence on my cartooning life has been the introduction of the Internet and the world-wide-web (www). The time that I’ve spent educating myself about this medium has been a worthwhile investment and it has more than compensated for itself over the recent years. I am now able to carry a virtual portfolio of my work around with me, anywhere there is a computer connected to the internet. I can send an image across the world in seconds...

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Saturday 24th November 07

24 November 2007

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Village Fiesta today so I’m up supervising the setting up of the hall for the knees up tonight. Have some sturdy volunteers to shin up and down ladders and hang the giant mobiles I’ve constructed in the week. Should get to bed about 3am If we’re lucky!

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