Archive for September, 2010

Well that doesn’t look good…

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A photo of a London Police Officer parked in a handicapped parking spot

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do...?

In case you missed it, a few months back my life long dream of catching a police car parked in a handicapped parking zone came true: it wouldn’t have been so funny if it wasn’t so sad and absurd at the same time.

Absurdity has struck again in London, as yesterday on my walk to work I snapped this gem with my iPhone: a London Parks and Rec truck parked in the same handicapped parking spot as the police officer a few months ago.

Yikes, that doesn’t really send the right message to the public, does it Parks and Rec?

A London Parks and Rec truck illegally parked in a wheelchair parking spot

Maybe the wheelchair goes in the back of the truck?

It shouldn’t need to be said, but apparently does, that these accessible spots are designated ONLY for people who have accessible parking permits. The reason for this is because some people, particularly those with physical limitations, aren’t able to walk across large parking lots and require the closer space. For me, accessible spaces are important because they provide me a large enough space to safely deploy my lift so I can get out of the vehicle. These spots are not about convenience or privilege–without accessible parking spots we could not drive ourselves and we all know the LTC (and by extension, Paratransit) aren’t getting us anywhere. It should also be noted that leaving accessible spaces isn’t just a nice thing to do–parking in one without a visible permit could cost you over $300 in fines.

Aside from the fact that this individual has broken the law while representing the City, and will possibly be receiving a large fine for his or her ignorance, I think there is more to this story. In fact, I think this photo is a perfect metaphor to express how disability and accessibility is thought about by leaders in London–their unawareness of our needs is literally blocking us from accessing the city.

In case you missed it, a few months back my life long dream of catching a police car parked in a handicapped parking zone came true: it wouldn’t have been so funny if it wasn’t so sad and absurd at the same time. Absurdity has struck again in London, as yesterday on my walk to […]

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Welcome to Sexville, USA

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Welcome to Sexville, USA

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Hope you’re all digging the second season so far. We’ve got lots of great stuff coming with Halloween, football season and Christmas just around the corner. In other news, all you Fanshawe students should keep an eye out for the Interrobang in a few weeks that will be featuring a cover drawn by Clara and an interview inside! Jeff made some suggestions as to what the cover should be…Clara vetoed it, citing something about “too vulgar” and “pile of dead babies.”

Hope you’re all digging the second season so far. We’ve got lots of great stuff coming with Halloween, football season and Christmas just around the corner. In other news, all you Fanshawe students should keep an eye out for the Interrobang in a few weeks that will be featuring a cover drawn by Clara and […]

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Why I Missed the Emerging Leaders Relaunch Party

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For those not in the know, last night was the Relaunch Party for a local non-profit called Emerging Leaders, an event I had been invited to but regrettably was not able to attend. For those who are curious as to why I did not go, they need look no further than the flight of stairs leading into the venue, Jim Bob Ray’s.

I had originally intended on going anyway and just “making it work,” which involves either get a group of guys to carry my chair inside or perhaps go in my manual chair, but after much thought I decided to put my proverbial foot down and stay home. Frankly, I’m tired of “making it work,” I’m tired of being uncomfortable and I’m tired of the humiliating act of having a group of people hoist my massive chair up a flight of stairs and scoff about how heavy it is once we’ve arrived at the top. Most of all, though, I’m tired of giving my money to a business that refuses to allow me to enter their establishment on my own terms.

While perhaps there is something to be said about a group called “Emerging Leaders” neglecting to book an accessible location for their launch celebration (inadvertently implying that the leaders currently emerging in London are not disabled nor do they have any real awareness of the disabled population), I want it to be clear that I hold absolutely no grudge against Emerging Leaders and I think they do some crucial work within our community. Ultimately, booking this venue wasn’t their fault and they shouldn’t be blamed because it wasn’t done maliciously–they simply didn’t consider the need for accessibility, and herein lies the problem.

To be real leaders in the community, to pick up where past generations have stumbled, I challenge Emerging Leaders, and everyone in London, to stop holding events in venues that refuse to become accessible. Let it be known that people with disabilities are a part of our community too and if, as a business, you want us to hold events in your venues, then your venues better be accessible to all.

Tonight, one business missed out on my money being spent there because they were inaccessible. Tomorrow, let’s make them miss out on a lot more than just one person.

For those not in the know, last night was the Relaunch Party for a local non-profit called Emerging Leaders, an event I had been invited to but regrettably was not able to attend. For those who are curious as to why I did not go, they need look no further than the flight of stairs leading into […]

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Heroes

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Heroes

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Given the amount of time (and cash) Clara and Jeff spend at the local comic book shop, it seemed fitting to feature the digs in our comic. Mad props to Brahm and the rest of the Heroes staff for getting us shamelessly addicted to the graphic novels: if you need a place to get great comics, Heroes is your best bet in London.

Also, we weren’t even paid to say that, so you KNOW it’s true.

Comics on the featured rack:
(linked to Amazon, but buy from Brahm at Heroes)

Essex County
The Escapists
Cuba, My Revolution
Ex Machina Vol 9: Ring Out the Old
DMZ Vol 4: Friendly Fire

Heroes

Given the amount of time (and cash) Clara and Jeff spend at the local comic book shop, it seemed fitting to feature the digs in our comic. Mad props to Brahm and the rest of the Heroes staff for getting us shamelessly addicted to the graphic novels: if you need a place to get great […]

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Friday Shout Outs

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As you may or may not know, a woman came up to me at Costco yesterday claiming I was “that guy from the TV.” I’m assuming that by “that guy” she actually means “Stephen Hawking.”

In honour of the man I should probably dress up as for halloween this year, I present a clever comic on Boing Boing about Dr. Stephen Hawking.

Enjoy!

As you may or may not know, a woman came up to me at Costco yesterday claiming I was “that guy from the TV.” I’m assuming that by “that guy” she actually means “Stephen Hawking.” In honour of the man I should probably dress up as for halloween this year, I present a clever comic […]

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Say Hello to the Bad Guy

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Say Hello to the Bad Guy

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Jeff was going to join the debate team back in high school, but apparently calling your opponent “Hitler” doesn’t mean you automatically win…even if it’s really hard to argue with anyone who just accused you of being Hitler. What do you say to that? “No I’m not” But then what if they’re like “Oh, but you think Hitler’s an okay guy?” and you’re like “No, not at all” and they’re like “So you agree with me!” and you just lost!

This is how Jeff’s trips to Future Shop end.

Say Hello to the Bad Guy

Jeff was going to join the debate team back in high school, but apparently calling your opponent “Hitler” doesn’t mean you automatically win…even if it’s really hard to argue with anyone who just accused you of being Hitler. What do you say to that? “No I’m not” But then what if they’re like “Oh, but […]

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Well that only took 10 years…

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Now that Jeff and Clara are old people, there isn’t much to look forward to when birthdays roll around. In high school, we had so much to look forward to, like turning 16 and being able to drive, 18 and being able to gamble, 19 and being able to drink, turning 21 and being able to drink and harass Americans (Clara awaits this one anxiously).

A pile of pogs

So wait, you want me to pay HOW MUCH for little round pieces of cardboard?

Now the only milestones left are things like mid-life crises and being over the hill. But alas, unlike other kids, Clara and Jeff decided to save one of these little joys until now: getting a driver’s license. For Clara, the need to drive was limited by the fact that she could basically bike everywhere in London or, on the rare occasion that one shows up, take a bus. She’s environmentally conscious like that. Despite Jeff’s love for burning fossil fuels and wantonly spraying aerosal cans at the sky and cursing that ableist bitch Mother Nature, he figured there was no point getting his license as an adapted van would likely cost close to $100,000. That’s a lotta pogs for a 16-year-old.

But today, everything changed. Clara and Jeff, in a bold step towards adulthood, joined the pimple faced masses at the local MTO office and wrote their G1 and, believe it or not, passed! That’s right, someone in this world is actually willing to legally allow Jeff and Clara behind the wheel of a motor vehicle (aka: murder rocket). The disappointing thing is no one would let Clara actually drive the van home from the testing place…something to do with “you don’t even know what the gas pedal is” or some shit. While disappointing to Clara, the school bus of children that were not slaughtered by her are probably greatly appreciative.

In fact, I think their parents owe us money as a reward for their children’s lives. If you are a parent and have a child going to school in London, please send us money. Thank you in advance and we hope you enjoy the next 5-10 years with your children…then they’ll be teenagers and you’ll wish Clara had driven home after all.

– Jeff and Clara

Now that Jeff and Clara are old people, there isn’t much to look forward to when birthdays roll around. In high school, we had so much to look forward to, like turning 16 and being able to drive, 18 and being able to gamble, 19 and being able to drink, turning 21 and being able […]

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Steal This Comic

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Steal This Comic

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Yo — Clara hurr.

SO Kate’s finally meeting Griff.  What will this lead to?  Romance?  Murder?  Intrigue?  Only time will tell.

This blog would be longer and more interesting if my crappy Internet company that I’m too kind and polite to name here (nawt, it’s Tek Savvy) wasn’t screwing me around and making it difficult for me to write anything here but “GUH”.  For future reference: avoid Tek Savvy at all costs.

Oh, and today Kate’s wearing an outfit inspired by the illustrious Style Rookie.  That kid’s friggin’ awesome.  She’d hate Griff as much as Kate does right now. Oh, and she’s selling some of her clothes for Darfur @ Opening Ceremony!  Do a good thang yeee.

Anyway, as always, thanks for reading and hope to see you next week.

Cheers,

– Clara

Steal This Comic

Yo — Clara hurr. SO Kate’s finally meeting Griff.  What will this lead to?  Romance?  Murder?  Intrigue?  Only time will tell. This blog would be longer and more interesting if my crappy Internet company that I’m too kind and polite to name here (nawt, it’s Tek Savvy) wasn’t screwing me around and making it difficult […]

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New backbone, new layout!

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As you may or may not have noticed, we’ve been having some problems with the website, starting about a month ago. Just before leaving for Barcelona an update came down the chute for Webcomics, a wordpress plugin we’d been using to deploy the site. Unfortunately, this update has been nothing but problems, causing down-time and missing comics with no fixes in sight as the author of the plugin is on semi-permanent hiatus.

In honour of the 2nd Season of Cripz, launching on Wednesday, we decided now was as good a time as ever to move over to a new plugin to manage our comic, ComicPress! After an afternoon of tinkering and coding, the new and improved Cripz website is now online with more changes to come over the next few weeks.

Sorry for all the problems throughout August and we hope you dig the new layout and the new season.

See you on Wednesday!

– Clara & Jeff

As you may or may not have noticed, we’ve been having some problems with the website, starting about a month ago. Just before leaving for Barcelona an update came down the chute for Webcomics, a wordpress plugin we’d been using to deploy the site. Unfortunately, this update has been nothing but problems, causing down-time and […]

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