Dave Lupton

Occupation: Cartoonist

Challenges overcome: Physical Disability

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Dave Lupton is a professional cartoonist, popular for his work focussing on disability issues through his alter ego, Crippen.

Dave was a successful cartoonist for many years, with a portfolio including commissions work from London Zoo, Greenpeace, Victim Support and many other magazines and newspapers. Following a car accident that left him having to use a wheelchair for a few years, Dave Lupton left his former alter ego ‘Sox’ for Crippen, and began creating and publishing cartoons that focused on disability issues. Since then he has also created training workshops with many of his cartoons being used for disability and equality training.  He also blogs for disability arts online, funded by the Arts Council of England.

Dave (as himself) was the Chair of the National Union of Journalists Disabled Members Council for several years and has worked with many groups and organisations of Disabled people in both an advisory and artistic capacity. He’s also a member of the anti-war organisation Veterans For Peace and produces hard hitting cartoons for their website on a regular basis.

Crippen has been published in many magazines and newsletters of groups and organisations of Disabled people within the UK. His work within disability arts is well known and has gained him commissions for the BBC and Channel 4. He currently resides in Spain and works as the in-house cartoonist for The Olive Press newspaper.

Challenges Overcome

Dave was in a serious car crash, which left him in need of a wheelchair for a number of years.

Facing new struggles as a disabled person, Dave began creating cartoons about his new struggles in a wheelchair.

“Most of you will recognise the feelings associated with becoming disabled. Suddenly you’re depended upon other people and you realise that you can no longer take for granted access to all of the things that, well, you used to take for granted. Having to use a power chair restricted me in ways that I hadn’t considered before. How did I get into town; how did I get myself about town, how did I get into the bank, the pub, etc. And it’s not just the way in which being disabled affects you as an individual.”

“You suddenly start to see how Disabled people are portrayed in the press and on the television and radio. We’re either tragic, pitiable figures, unable to care for ourselves or make decisions, or we’re work-shy scroungers, a burden upon society.”

“I remember getting back home after another unsuccessful attempt at accessing something that I’d always been able to access before becoming a wheelchair user, and thinking, “I’ve got to do something about this”. And this is when I started to create cartoons about the different situations that I found myself in like being confronted by a flight of steps and not being able to get into a bank that I’d been using for the past 10 years.”

Disability Definitions

Physical Disability

A physical disability is a limitation on a person’s physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina. Other physical disabilities include impairments which limit other facets of daily living, such as respiratory disorders, blindness, epilepsy and sleep disorders.

Physical disability. (2015, May 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:59, May 20, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Physical_disability&oldid=661496548

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