Archive for May, 2011

Telling Our Stories

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Telling Our Stories

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Apologies for the late upload, Jeff’s Internet went offline moments before the Vancouver Canucks won last night and hasn’t been back until now. We blame Gary Bettman for this. Anyway, hope you enjoy the comic this week and check back next week for Part 3 of Rhett and Kate’s trip to Heroes.

Telling Our Stories

Apologies for the late upload, Jeff’s Internet went offline moments before the Vancouver Canucks won last night and hasn’t been back until now. We blame Gary Bettman for this. Anyway, hope you enjoy the comic this week and check back next week for Part 3 of Rhett and Kate’s trip to Heroes.

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Waiting

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Waiting

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People are often astonished and horrified when they hear just how bad Paratransit really is. Jeff has always said that if all transportation ran this way there would probably be open revolt in the streets. Anyway, tune in next week for part 2 of “A Trip to Heroes.”

Also, shout-outs to Heroes, who had a $10 for $20 Groupon on Monday. Clara and Jeff are gonna live like KINGS the next time they’re out comic shopping.

Waiting

People are often astonished and horrified when they hear just how bad Paratransit really is. Jeff has always said that if all transportation ran this way there would probably be open revolt in the streets. Anyway, tune in next week for part 2 of “A Trip to Heroes.” Also, shout-outs to Heroes, who had a […]

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Things You Shouldn’t Ask Strangers

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We interrupt our regular scheduled program for a story too good to be true. Yep, this actually happened a few days ago in downtown London. While it’s not the first time someone has simply assumed the girl with Jeff must be his nurse, and likely won’t be the last it happens either, it was definitely the most blunt. Jeff finds it extremely frustrating to have people continually assume the only reason he would be with a girl is if he’s related to her or he’s paying her to keep him alive. The unfortunately side of this experience is the guy did seem genuinely lonely. Maybe he wanted to ask Clara out?

Well anyway, if it makes you feel any better he didn’t actually sulk away…at least not all of the way. He sulked for a few steps until busting out some pretty radtacular Michael Jackson dance moves down Dundas Street. Evidently, Billie Jean was not his lover either.

Things You Shouldn’t Ask Strangers

We interrupt our regular scheduled program for a story too good to be true. Yep, this actually happened a few days ago in downtown London. While it’s not the first time someone has simply assumed the girl with Jeff must be his nurse, and likely won’t be the last it happens either, it was definitely […]

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To The Lovely Business Owners of London

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So, we love local businesses. Because we live downtown we frequent them almost exclusively. But we admit we kind of screwed around with them at last weekend’s Stairbomb (pictures of which can be seen here). Most people we talked to were unfazed, bemused or guiltily–but inactively–peeved by our little prank. But we realize some people may have been pretty angry at the whole petty-vandalism thing. In fact, Clara got an email yesterday from someone we won’t name who was pretty seriously annoyed that the yellow tape may have cost him some dineros. Because we think other business owners might feel similarly, here is the response we sent to our sole complainant, reproduced here for any angry victims stumbling across our website in fitful Stairbomb-induced rages. (Words in quotations were lifted directly from his very emotional email.) Read More

Stairbombing

So, we love local businesses. Because we live downtown we frequent them almost exclusively. But we admit we kind of screwed around with them at last weekend’s Stairbomb (pictures of which can be seen here). Most people we talked to were unfazed, bemused or guiltily–but inactively–peeved by our little prank. But we realize some people […]

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USA! USA!

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USA! USA!

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Frankly, I never thought I’d see the day when Osama bin Laden was captured/killed. He either wasn’t real, kind of like an evil Santa Claus, or he was blown up somewhere in Afghanistan and we’d never find the body.

Or he was chillin’ in a ranch with George Bush.

But apparently he was real and is now dead. Historical event? I suppose it’ll be more memorable for Americans than Canadians, but it will certainly be interesting to see what happens now. Do we stay in Iraq and Afghanistan? Is the war on terror over? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

USA! USA!

Frankly, I never thought I’d see the day when Osama bin Laden was captured/killed. He either wasn’t real, kind of like an evil Santa Claus, or he was blown up somewhere in Afghanistan and we’d never find the body. Or he was chillin’ in a ranch with George Bush. But apparently he was real and […]

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A fitting celebration for 1 year online

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A year ago today, May 1st 2010, Cripz: A Webcomic went online with its first comic (which you can see here). One of the main questions Clara and Jeff get about the comic is “Why did you decide to make a webcomic about disability?” While there isn’t any one answer, we felt it was an opportunity for us to present a progressive and satirical representation of disability to combat the largely negative (and bizarre) representations of disability in the mainstream media. Beyond that though, we see Cripz as an opportunity to educate and motivate people (both disabled and otherwise) to actively resist the structural, attitudinal and political forces working (actively and otherwise) to oppress and suppress the disabled population in both Canada and America. Deep down, we hope the readers might be inspired to fight with the same tenacity of Rhett while understanding it’s okay to be a big goof too, like Griff.

Over the past year, lots has happened (both online and offline) and Clara and Jeff have had an awesome time and hope you’ve enjoyed the strip thus far. We thought one fun way to celebrate the first year anniversary was to develop a list of our TOP 5 Comics of Year One. After counting up the page views and shares, here are your favourite comics of the last year:

Without getting too gushy, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank some special people who have helped us launch Cripz over the last year, specifically (and in no particular order) Hunter Forman, Jason Strauss, Derek Silva, Corey Downie, Jen Brewe, Ron Brown, Dan Harvey and Orpheum Hosting. Also, thank you to everyone from the London Free Press for being good sports and putting up with our criticism. You guys are aces in our books.

Also, of course, a huge thank you to everyone who comes back week in and week out to read our goofy new comics and send us lovely messages. Without you none of this could be possible!

But it wouldn’t be a birthday without a party, would it??

To celebrate the first year appropriately, we decided to take a page out of Rhett’s book and do a little stairbombing. We had a really, really good time and you can check out some of the awesome photos on our new Operation: Stairbomb facebook fan page. Thank you to EVERYONE who came out and keep an eye out for our next attack.

And the cherry on top?

Ed Holder Campaign vehicle illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot

There was no permit, we checked.

After noticing that someone had stairbombed Jim Bob Rays, a local bar/meat market, Clara and Jeff didn’t think the night could get any better…until they discovered a local MP candidate had parked his campaign vehicle in a wheelchair parking spot. Yep, that’s the same parking spot that also held a cop car and city vehicle several months ago. While the driver of the vehicle has apologized publicly and removed the vehicle, note that Jeff actually told the driver the vehicle was parked illegally and the driver denied it, then attempted to blame it on another candidate (who was parked behind him legally), and finally gave in when he was shown the photographic evidence on Jeff’s iPhone.

It’s not nice to be told you don’t know what you’re talking about when it comes to accessibility and you’re in a wheelchair. But then again, we guess it’s not nice to have a photo of your mistake retweeted over 50 times on twitter over the course of the night…so we’re even now?

What’s perhaps most disturbing is that some have reacted to this photo on twitter by accusing it of being a “smear” or being exclusively about our dislike for the candidate or the party — this has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the law. Illegally parking in a handicapped spot is a $300 fine, regardless of your party affiliation. This isn’t about ideology, it’s about accessibility.

So in honour of today, which also happens to be Blog Against Disablism day, we’d like to welcome any photos of other candidates illegally parked in handicapped parking spots to be sent in and we’ll be sure to post them right away. No one is allowed to park in these spots without a permit. Period.

Thanks everyone for the great year and hope you’re excited for all the great stuff we have planned for year 2!

Cheers,

– Clara & Jeff

A year ago today, May 1st 2010, Cripz: A Webcomic went online with its first comic (which you can see here). One of the main questions Clara and Jeff get about the comic is “Why did you decide to make a webcomic about disability?” While there isn’t any one answer, we felt it was an opportunity […]

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