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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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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.

Via emeraldcitycomicon.tumblr.com

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.

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All photos by Kirk Damato.