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21 People In The Comics Community Share Why They're #NonCompliant

"I am a person who does not fit the box assigned to me... I refuse to see myself as imperfect because of that."

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Non-compliant: A term used in the comic Bitch Planet to describe ~difficult~ women who are sentenced to an off-planet prison.

Excerpt from Bitch Planet #2 (2nd printing variant cover) by Kate Leth, design by Rian Hughes / Via flashordie.tumblr.com

The non-compliant symbol has since become a rallying point in the comics community, so much so that it was even available as a shirt at Emerald City Comicon.

In an ECCC panel called "Being Non-Compliant" Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator of Bitch Planet, along with Valentine De Landro) had this to say:
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In an ECCC panel called "Being Non-Compliant" Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator of Bitch Planet, along with Valentine De Landro) had this to say:

What I think the statement they're making is, I am a person who does not fit the box assigned to me. I am too tall or to short or too fat or too black or brown or too indigenous or too atheist or too slutty or too frumpy or too gay or too whatever the fuck it is my culture is going to judge me for today, and I refuse to see myself through your eyes. I refuse to see myself as imperfect because of that. And you will support me or you will get the fuck off.

I spoke with comics creators, professionals, and fans at ECCC about being #noncompliant.

This is what they had to say:

1. "I am a woman with strong opinions. I am non-compliant." –Kelly Sue DeConnick

2. "Because I am black, female, love florals, and build satellites, I am non-compliant." –Tehnakki

3. "I'm an individual – I don't need anyone to speak for me. I have a voice and I'm non-compliant." –Chrissy Dinh

4. "I'm comfortable and confident in my queerness, and don't care if you are. I am non-compliant." –Rae Hengst

5. "I was told there was no room for the kind of comics I love. SO I BUILT ONE. I am non-compliant." –C. Spike Trotman

6. "I am in an industry that doesn't want to hear my voice but I will scream anyway. I am non-compliant." –Chelsea Miller

7. "We are: BDSM and safe-sex friendly. We are non-compliant!" –Carter Marzineck and Morgan Fauver

8. "I'm a beautiful, fat cosplayer, and I am amazing. I am non-compliant." –Rachel

9. "I am not afraid to speak up against ignorance and bigotry. I am non-compliant." –Jessi Jordan

10. "Never submit. Never surrender. Be your own goddamn hero. I am non-compliant." –Melissa Kay

11. "I have no patience for the status quo. I am non-compliant!" –Janelle Asselin

12. "'Girl' is not a genre. I am non-compliant!" –Kate Leth

13. "I am too loud, too passionate, too much! I am non-compliant." –Anne

14. "Chronically ill and still living. I am non-compliant." –Meli

15. "I like writing comics that make people cry. I am non-compliant." –Jody Houser

16. "I don't care about your feelings! I am non-compliant." –Mairghread Scott

17. "I think sex education should be comprehensive, inclusive, and full of bad puns. I am non-compliant!" –Erika Moen

18. "Bisexual. But not 'hetero' enough. Generation Y. I am non-compliant." –Brass Mama

19. "I am a comic-reading, gay, gym-going, feminist banker studying engineering. I am non-compliant." –Tyler S. Jones

20. "I don't need to be anyone's muse. I make my own art. I am non-compliant." –Jen Aprahamian

21. "I'm a woman and I'm not afraid to say no. I'm non-compliant!" –Amy Wolfe

All photos by Kirk Damato.

How are you #noncompliant? Tell us in the comments!