A new gang of superheroes
Disabled children deserve to be represented in books and on TV in a positive way. Without sad music in the background accompanying their story.
Children with disabilities are funny, exciting, happy, sad, mischievious, rude, caring. Just like any other child.
I have created the Department Of Ability and am in the process of writing a comic, to be released in 2017. I also hope to get it onto TV, so that ALL children, (not just ones with special needs) can watch enjoy, relate to, and realise that the child who lives down the street, is just the same as them. Just with a difference.
Lets start with some Rock Music...Yeah
Turn up your speakers, and press play. Here is the amazing Department Of Ability theme tune
This theme tune was kindly written and Performed by Sarah Renehan/Calling Utopia
2017 is the year
I am working extremely hard to make 2017 that the Department Of Ability is published.
So far I have been so busy drawing and promoting the Department Of Ability. I now have on my team Val Morrey a brilliant colourist and Leah Moore a wonderful renowned comic writer, who is putting my ideas into words. Then of course my extremely hard working agent Jess Buckman.
This project has taken far longer than expected, because the idea has grown bigger and bigger. What started off as a 4 page comic, has now turned into a two book graphic novel, with a possible animation.
Scope, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and Strongbones Charity have actively been supporting me in promoting the Department Of Ability.
I have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows in order to promote this idea. This whole project has taken off far beyond my wildest dreams. I have enjoyed every minute and am extremely humbled by the support this has been given.
This is why the comic is taking longer than expected.
I want to get it right!
A quote from Scope
"Many parents tell us it’s important for their disabled children to see characters they can identify with because it builds their confidence, self-esteem and the feeling of being included in society. That’s why we love Department of Ability and support their aim to get more disabled heroes into the mainstream! "
Jennifer Urwin Senior Digital Community & Social Media Officer Scope
Let me introduce the gang
Pawsy the cheetah. The star attraction at London Zoo, known for his speed and his self obsession! However an accident robbed him of his leg and his place at the zoo seemed over..Until the last hero approached him, offering him more fame and faster speed!
Pawsy was fitted with a hyper-speed solar powered running limb which can take him up to 300mph, no one can catch him..Sadly it has only increased his vanity!
Billy was a stray who lived on the streets searching for his mysterious master…
However whilst running across the road on a stormy night, he was struck by a hit and run driver..Left alone he was picked up and cared for by the last hero who noticed his fierce loyalty….
Now equipped with carbon wheels, an emergency backpack and a tail that acts as a radar and transmitter, Billy is an essential part of the D.O.A.
Jacob Claypole was the chief scientist at Hero H.Q. before the final superhero war. Sadly vaporised by his own experiment. Claypole was re-called from the afterlife by the last hero, However the experiment robbed him of his sight, but he uses all his other heightened senses and his white canes for wielding a slice of justice!
Now virtually unbeatable, Claypole uses his canes to whip his enemies into shape and his hyper intelligence comes in handy when faced with alien threats.
Azzi hails from the planet Peacealorr on the outer edge of the milky way. Caught in the pull of a black hole he crashed to earth injuring his arm, discovered by the last hero, he was bought into the D.O.A
Azzi is 10,000 yrs old (middle age on Peacealorr) He is highly intelligent . The last hero equipped Azzi with a state of the art super strength bionic arm to aid in combat!
And of course..............
Emily was born with spina bifida, despite her limited leg use, Emily excelled at basketball, climbing, crawling, wheelchair boxing and guitar.
Because of her attitude, and incredible upper body strength, Emily was recruited into the D.O.A as the first of a new breed of superhero.
Equipped with multi-functional airborne wheelchair; she stands for truth and justice.
Catchphrase: "Eat My Wheels!"
An idea was born
‘The Department of Ability’ was born into my crazy world a few years after my daughter Emily was born. She stormed into the world with Spina Bifida and an insatiable appetite for life!! However looking around for relevant heroes for her and our new circle of friends….FOUND NONE! I also noticed a lack of positive media coverage of disability and the strong, independent kids involved…OK THEN! GET CREATING BIG FELLA! I said, and thus the heroes arrived! Each using their disability as their superpower! They are not here to lecture you. They are here because they are the last heroes left..Brought together to save the world!!! …Born to be different. Born to save the world!!
My wife Aimee, has been learning out to set up websites by watching YouTube. Emily has been writing blogs. It's been a real family event. We are all enjoying every minute of it.
I want someone with vision who can take this project and make it bigger. More accessible. For all children, with or without a disability.
We are so overwhelmed by the amount of support that we have received from everyone. Thank you, you are all amazing!!