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!
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!
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...
Thursday 20th December 2007
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!
Wednesday, December 19th 2007
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.
Tuesday, December 18th 2007
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).
Thursday, December 13th 2007
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!
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.
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!
Singing for the disabled
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...
Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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, Iâ€™ve now got six new e-books up on the Crippen web site as well as a cartoon calendar. The books cover everything from...
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 â€˜The 2012 Olympic gamesâ€™. At the time of writing the bill for this has risen to a spectacular Â£9 billion from its original estimate of Â£2.5 billion. Itâ€™s also likely to go even higher as we now discover that the Government may have overestimated the money (by Â£1 billion) it can get for land it plans to sell off...