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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!

The Criptarts are revolting!

7 February 2013

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A frame from the Criptart's cartoon strip episode 6

One of the things I enjoy about being part of the Disability Arts on Line (DAO) family is that it provides for me a unique platform on which I can present my more adventurous cartoons. Take the Criptarts for example. I haven't a clue where it's going each week and the end result is usually more of a surprise to me than to you. Of course I've got a rough outline in my mind for each episode, but it's as though the characters come alive once I've started to lay them out in the strip and they just...

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The dark ages

21 November 2012

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Crippen looks at a return to the dark ages

Several people have commented recently that my cartoons have become more 'dark' of late. I suppose that it's inevitable considering the subject matter to hand these days; disabled people dying after having their benefits stopped, the government disassembling the welfare state and taking equality back to the dark ages, what can you expect? I'm not consciously looking for bleaker material you understand. It's just that it's being thrust into our faces everywhere we turn. Even the so called 'right...

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A disturbing story brought to us by Disability Now

31 July 2012

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Disabled asylum seekers  create wall art in Bristol

This is an extract from an excellent article in Disability Now (DN) about disabled asylum seekers using art to express themselves through a painted mural in Bristol. In the DN article, Disabled Iraqi Ahmed tells us a disturbing account about their lives and their treatment in Britain. "People in Britain don’t seem to like the disabled. I see lots of disabled people. They drink in the park, they have nowhere to live. They try to kill themselves ... "Britain says Iraq is rubbish...

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Crippen asks Super Crips to share the limelight

23 July 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about Super Crips sharing the limelight

So, let's  take the suggestion a little further shall we? We've already decided if disabled athletes AND disabled artists work together then we have a real chance of putting a spanner in the works of this divisive government, even if it's a small one. Because let's face it, some of those disabled athletes out there are only a hair's breadth away from falling into the benefits trap that many of us currently find ourselves in. Disabled athletes are currently the flavour...

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Knocking down the wall

29 June 2012

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Crippen's cartoon of disabled people knocking down media wall

Last week at the Shape media conference I had the pleasure of meeting Kristina Veasey. She has taken part in two Paralympics and talked about her own experiences competing as a disabled athlete. For most of us non-athletic Crips, and in particular those of us involved in disability arts, the world of the Paralympian seems remote to say the least. We see them as single minded Super Crips with no interest or involvement in disability politics and protest. What we do hear about are those sporty...

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Crippen Flickr Site

4 March 2012

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Crippen corrupt message cartoon

Hi boys and girls. You'll be pleased to hear that I've made about 200 of my more recent cartoons more accessible by uploading them to a unique Flickr site. The cartoons have been split into sets and you'll find a hot button for each set on the right hand side of the page. Alternatively you can hit the 'slideshow' link and see them that way. If you want to use any of them as part of our continued struggle towards full equality, please do so (you can cut and paste). All I ask...

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Disability Arts and Corporate funding

26 March 2011

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Crippen looks at corporate funding

As many of us will know, being a disabled artist and not allied to any group or organisation, it has always been extremely difficult to obtain funding. And those of us who produce work that has an overt political edge are even more handicapped (sic) by the funding system. That's not to say that groups and organisations of disabled people who have applied for funding have had it any easier. For example I'm aware that our esteemed Editor Colin Hambrooke spends a large amount of his time...

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Crippen says 2011 - bring it on!

6 January 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about changes coming to the way in which we give ...

Hi folks, here's hoping that you had a great holiday and are all fighting fit for 2011?! I'm just getting over man flu (second dose) so have been a bit lax with regard to posting here for a couple of weeks. I am, however putting the final stages to the follow-on from my last blog where lots of you mailed and messaged me with ideas and suggestion about involving the disability arts movement with the current anti-cuts protests throughout the UK. I hope to have this up within the next...

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Crippen reports on the slash and burn tactics of the ConDem’s

21 October 2010

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Crippen looks at the rape and pillage of Disabled people

Opposition MP’s are using the term ‘slash and burn’ to describe the knee jerk reaction of the Coalition to the financial deficit that they claim to have inherited from Labour. Rampaging through the country in a similar way to the Viking’s when they were first attracted to our shores; the ConDem’s have spared no one in their attack upon our society. Seemingly with no real plan or any indication that rational thought has gone into this process, they appear to have...

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Crippen looks at the possible new symbol for the Disabled People's Movement

4 October 2010

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Crippen’s reworked black triangle symbol

Leading the recent protest rally against the proposed Government welfare cuts were a large group of Disabled people. Wearing and carrying large black triangles, they were symbolizing the murder of thousands of Disabled people during the Holocaust; their aim being to embarrass Cameron and his government, who have repeatedly insisted that the most vulnerable will be protected from the impact of the cuts. The use of this black triangle seems to have had an impact upon the general public,...

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Crippen is hacked off with Face Book

26 September 2010

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Cartoon about Crippen being hacked on Face Book

Many of you will know that I run a Face Book account as Crippen - Disabled cartoonist and post links to various disability related events that are going on as well as links to this blog and other disabled artists. When the ConDem Coalition came into being I began to create cartoons that supported the stand being taken by groups and organisations who were protesting about the benefit cuts being planned. My posts carried cartoons created for the 3rd October Disabled People's Protest group and the...

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Crippen reports on his recent visit to the Arts and Disability Forum, Belfast

7 August 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the dangers of cartooning NI's politicians

If like me, you've never visited Northern Ireland, take my advice and go there immediately! I arrived at Belfast's International terminal to discover an oasis of green rolling hills and fields surrounding a city that boasts more interesting architecture, live entertainment, theatre, exhibition spaces, museums and friendly open people than most other places I've been to. Gallery and Events Officer Leo Devlin was there to welcome me at the offices of the Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) and...

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Crippen receives disturbing news from Northern Ireland

17 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the so called 'gay cure' in Northern Ireland

I have been getting some rather disturbing messages from Gay Disabled friends in Northern Ireland in relation to a recent conference promoting 'conversion therapy'. This is the process where people can be 'cured' of their homosexuality through prayer. The conference, which was held back in February was organised by Core Issues, an evangelical Christian group in Northern Ireland which promotes this so-called therapy and claims to have 'saved' numerous homosexual Christians. The star speaker is...

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Crippen asks ‘what is happening to the Disability Arts Movement?’

17 October 2009

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Crippen looks at the changes in Disability Art

Has anyone else noticed that we’re in danger of slipping back to where we all started from?! I’ve always seen the Disability Arts Movement as being in the vanguard of the Disabled People’s Movement. As Disabled artists we’ve focused upon our oppression and expressed this through our art. Together we’ve used the Social Model to identify and then confront the many barriers within society that conspire to disable us; the key word being ‘together’. However,...

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Crippen continues the theme about the current lack of funding …

10 September 2009

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Crippen's cartoon of disabled people faced with the Olympic hoops to jump through

Ok, I take the point from Richard Downes (last blog comments) that by only blaming the 2012 Olympics for the current lack of funding is being a bit simplistic, but I still hold to the belief that this huge white elephant is doing more damage in this area than all of the effects of the current recession combined. So here’s another cartoon along the same theme (sorry Richard!). As part of Richard’s response however, he’s come up with an interesting idea. How about setting up our own...

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Crippen looks at the current disability arts funding crisis (again!)

4 September 2009

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Crippen's cartoon portraying the government getting disabled people to fight each other for their funding

I’m hearing from groups and organisations of Disabled people who are continuing to have problems with fund raising. Some of this funding relates to events, performances and exhibitions that are being planned, whilst other funding is actually needed to keep these organisations running. We’ve already lost two of the biggest Disability Arts Forums due to a lack of available funding and it now looks as though many other smaller groups and organisations are considering closing down. The problem...

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Crippen gives a heads up about the appearance of Liz Crow on the Trafalgar Square plinth

4 August 2009

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Liz Crow in a Nazi uniform sitting  on the plinth in Trafalger Square

Our Disabled sister and fellow artist Liz Crow appeared on the Anthony Gormley plinth in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 8th August at 2200 hrs. And as promised, she presented a dignified but powerful statement against extreme right wing politics in its worse manifestation. Initially clad in a cream coloured blanket that covered her from head to foot, Liz sat quietly in her wheelchair for the first 10 minutes before pulling it away to reveal herself wearing the uniform of the war time Nazi party....

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