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“Not the Right Identity,” written and drawn by Casandra Michel, was one of the comics produced after a workshop held by Illustrated Press artist Jamie Hibdon at Sarah E. Goode Academy on the Southwest Side. At the workshop, “students were encouraged to create their own comics, covering a range of personal themes and experiences familiar to people of all ages, including issues of race and ethnicity, self-identity, and gender.” Here, Casandra explores her own struggle with what it means to be perceived as an American.

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