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18 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Akiko Chan on 13/01/2016 at 14:56

    I don’t appreciate the Crippen images which have been put up on the Google Images site. These images depreciates the whole idea of seeing the differently abled not as people who have likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies and most importantly as those who could be our friends! We should remember the whole idea of a person who is disabled doesn’t surround her/his personality on being an individual.


    • I think there is perhaps some cross-cultural misunderstanding, my friend! My work actually makes fun of those who ‘don’t’ see disabled people as individuals with full lives, likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies. I am a disabled person myself and have been at the receiving end of discrimination, prejudice and lack of understanding. So I don’t think we really disagree. Perhaps it is a case of British humour not carrying across successfully to other societies or cultures? I and my disabled comrades see that the worst barriers we face are created by society, not our impairments – we face environmental, communication, information, institutional and attitudinal barriers in our struggle to be seen as full citizens. (A social model understanding of disability.) Thanks for getting in touch though and making your comments. Dave Lupton a.k.a Crippen – Disabled cartoonist


  2. I’ve taken the liberty of reposting this comment string onto my other Disability Arts Online cartoon blog and have had several thought provoking responses all ready. Take a look at:


  3. Posted by timbrownsoundtimes on 25/01/2019 at 15:02

    Hi are you still doing cartoons? I love your work. I need a dark sense of humour in my life. I would love to publish your work in our Bulletin. We are an organization of consumer survivors.


    • Hi there. Yep, still cartooning and hoping to bring this blog up to date within next week or so. Please feel free to take anything you would like to use for your bulletin. Kind regards, Dave (aka Crippen)


  4. Posted by Sarah-Jane Forgan on 04/06/2020 at 14:05

    Hi there,

    I’d love to use some of your cartoons in a powerpoint webinar for training HR and Managers on Universal Accessibility and Inclusivity. Our company is a training institute. Do you sell your images for publishing?

    Kind regards


  5. Posted by Susanne Philipp on 15/06/2020 at 10:18

    Hi Dave,

    I’m one of three volunteers that want to make the Scottish volunteering sector more inclusive. We are currently delivering workshops on inclusion to people in the third sector.
    We’d like to use one of your cartoons to illustrate intersectionality.
    (It’s the one where a woman says “What do you mean you’re a lesbian – we thought you were disabled!”)

    Unfortunately we can’t pay for your work, but we’d make it obvious that you are the creator and link to your website.

    Would that be okay with you?

    Kind regards


  6. Posted by Melody Powell on 07/07/2020 at 18:46

    I am really struggling mentally at the moment as I am very vulnerable to COVID and suffer with OCD. I often feel like no-one cares about disabled lives anymore but your comics have made me feel so much better as it’s reminded me that I’m not alone and that we can fight back through horribly dark comedy haha. You are amazing sir


  7. Posted by Andrea Woodcock on 16/12/2020 at 16:50

    Hi Dave, just wanted to drop a comment to say I LOVE your illustrations! I was searching for “social model” images and a number of yours came up and I am hooked! They are just so fantastic. Are you on Social Media at all? Best wishes, Andrea.


    • Hi Andrea, thanks for the feed back. Always good to hear when someone enjoys my work. If you could send me an email to ‘daveluptoncartoons@live.co.uk’ I’ll send you copies of a couple of social model strip cartoons that might be useful for you.

      I also write for Disability Arts Online (DAO) and have just finished a ‘social model’ based project for them – https://disabilityarts.online/collections/social-model-of-disability/ which you might find interesting.

      Kind regards,

      Dave 🙂


  8. Posted by Tess Carichner on 21/07/2022 at 02:45

    Hi Crippen! I am an undergraduate research fellow writing a literature review about medical ableism towards young women and gender diverse people (particularly Autistics and ADHDers). I am neurodivergent myself and have really enjoyed your comics. In one part of my literature review I attempt to explain digital disability culture. I would love to reference your work and perhaps include a few comics. I wanted to ask your permission in case I try to get it published in the future. Do you have any reproduction fees?


    • Hi Tess, no problem. Let me know which one’s you want to use and I’ll send you clean copies … no charge. Best wishes, Dave aka Crippen – disabled cartoonist


  9. Hi Dave, I work for a small, not-for-profit training organisation in the disability sector in Brisbane, Australia. We are big fans of your work and we are putting together some disability awareness training for local council staff. We are including content on the different models of disability and we would love to reference your work and use one of your cartoons to help illustrate the information we are including. It’s the medical model of disability image, that I saw featured on Disability Arts Online in an article about the medical model. I wanted to check with you to see if we could get your permission to use this image and if there would be any associated fees?
    Thanks so much


  10. Posted by steven on 23/03/2023 at 12:41

    Searching up social model and medical model for my college course and i didn’t understand it but came across your cartoons and i understood everything straight away and i’m hooked on your comics. keep it up.


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