“If Rupert Kinnard were a superhero, he’d look a lot like...well, Rupert Kinnard. The man may have three strikes against him, but in this compassionate, compelling collage of his life and work, he hits it out of the park.”
—Alison Bechdel, best-selling author of the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and the critically acclaimed graphic memoir Fun Home.
“With his Life Capsule Project, Rupert Kinnard has crafted a slyly revolutionary approach to the graphic memoir. Rupert’s strategy for cataloging his life was to, quite literally, create a catalog: a lavishly illustrated and fastidiously annotated encyclopedia of the people, places, and events that forged his identity as a “black, male, gay...activist, artist and adventurer” in the second half of the twentieth century. His alternately sweet and harrowing story unfolds against a colorful cornucopia of original comic strips, family snapshots and iconic images culled from the worlds of advertising and pop culture.”
“Comic books, record albums and television shows that haunted his youth serve as guideposts through the thickets of race, gay culture and artistic identity that lay at the crossroads of this rich, strange, and wholly engrossing memoir.”
—Vince Waldron, Emmy Award-winning writer and author of the international best-seller Be My Baby: My Life as a Fabulous Ronette and the playAmerican Splendor, based on the autobiographical comic book series by Harvey Pekar
As many of you know, I'm Rupert Kinnard. I am not above playing "the race card", the homo card, the crippled card nor the poor struggling artist card to get you to use your debit or credit card to help me get this project funded. I am creating a book which hopefully will serve as a template for others to initiate, evaluate and celebrate all of the factors that has made them who they are today. I truly believe that there is something in The LifeCapsule Project for everyone. It is a book that attempts to engage people who feel disenfranchised. As a creative African American, gay and “less-abled” man, I seek to honor the various communities of which I am a part. I hope to inspire those who can't grasp the importance of their lives and encourage those who celebrate their uniqueness to share their experiences with others. The primary way I hope to reach them is through an abundance of insight and humor within the colorful pages of this project. There is something on every page of The LifeCapsule Project that is meant to draw people into being thoughtful about themselves. Below are just three examples of concepts that play a part of my "systems of survival":
I am hoping to raise enough funds to be able to continue the work I have done thus far. My office computer and laptop have now both been deemed "antiquated." I am simply hoping to gather enough funds to update the equipment that I need to become efficient enough to finish the project that I started 15 years ago. At this point the LifeCapsule is about 80 percent done.
And please remember...I am firmly committed to living my life as a black gay male paraplegic so you don't have to.
More background on the project can be found at:
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