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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!

Pigeon holed

25 July 2008


Crippen mad cartoon

During the course of my career as Crippen I’ve produced lots of cartoons relating to the concept of labeling people. It’s quite a simple notion to illustrate, with actual labels hung around the neck of various individuals to indicate the diagnosis they had been given by many a so called disability professional. It also makes life far simpler for society when individuals can be pigeon holed and identified as belonging to one group or another in this way. The classic one is the use of the...

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Giving notice

18 July 2008


Crippen blindsign cartoon

I heard a funny story from a Disabled friend the other day. He’s been working as an access auditor in one of the big hospitals in the North of England and really felt that he was starting to get through to them. blindsign cartoon They’d initially thought that all they had to do was improve their wheelchair access and that would be that! The fact that they also had to work at their signage and communication, along with other non-physical aspects came as a bit of a surprise to them...

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Damn nation

11 July 2008


Crippen dyke cartoon

You’ll remember that the government provoked uproar among Disabled people last year when it announced that it would be introducing a single equality duty in place of the disability equality duty (DED). This new bill, according to the blurb sent out about it is designed to strengthen existing laws and bring nine separate anti-discrimination laws, including the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), into a single piece of legislation. The DDA was admittedly not the best piece of disability...

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Rough Justice

4 July 2008


Crippen justice cartoon

Three men who repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on a Disabled man over a £5 bet to see who could knock him out first, have won reductions in their minimum sentences at the Court of Appeal. William Hughes, 22, Marcus Miller, 16, and Stephen Bonallie, 17, were sentenced to minimum prison terms of between 15 and 22 years after killing Brent Martin, 23, on Sunderland’s Town End Farm estate in August of last year. After the attack, the men posed for pictures and left Brent dying...

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