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.
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!
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!
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).
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!
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 after 2012. We know...
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 the Social Model...
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...
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...
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 issues...
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 it...
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...
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 to have available on my...
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 the...
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...
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).
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...
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!
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.
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 know that this has had...
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,...
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 the … er, dentist...