Michael Christopher "Mike" Diana  born is Amateur wife dianna underground cartoonist. His work, which is largely self-published, deals with themes including sexuality, violence, and religion. He is the first person to receive a criminal conviction in the United States for artistic obscenity.
Mike Diana was born in  in New York City. He, his younger sister, and younger brother Matt  were baptized Catholic. Amateur wife dianna instead incorporated the garbage and a dead fish he had found, referring to the beach pollution that was the topic of contemporary news stories. Diana later related this story during his obscenity trial to illustrate his point of view that "art can be ugly and convey a message.
Inwhen nine-year-old Diana was in the middle of fourth grade, he and his family moved from Geneva, New York to Largo, Florida. Diana began drawing comics in high school, influenced by macabre subject matter such as Topps Ugly stickers, Wacky Packages and Creature Feature cards. Though Diana enjoyed the stained glass windows in the church he attended every Sunday as a child, seeing Jesus hanging on the cross disturbed him. He eventually came to so loathe Amateur wife dianna donating of money into collection baskets following Amateur wife dianna that spoke of burning in hell, his Sunday bible study class, and the denouncing of popular music among his fellow congregants that he stopped going to church by Amateur wife dianna The animus he developed toward the Roman Catholic Churchalong with the Jack Chick tracts, influenced Diana's depiction of anti-religious themes in his work.
Induring his senior year of high school his aversion to class inspired him to draw his own comics, which would depict unpopular teachers being graphically killed, and which he would distribute to his friends.
He submitted them to horror magazines, but was met with Amateur wife dianna. The content of his work was often characterized by nudity, violence, caricature of the human form and scatological themes, which he says he produces in order to "open people's eyes" by shocking them.
Later that year Diana created another zine called Angelfuckwhich was named after a song from the Misfits album Static Ageof which he published three issues.
He then decided to do a digest size magazine, which he called Boiled Angel which also depicted such horrors as cannibalism, torture, rape and murder. In nineteen-year-old Diana was working as an elementary school janitor in Largo, where he would use the school's copy machine to print out the magazine. Ina California law enforcement officer came into possession of one of the comics, parts of which reminded him of the then-unsolved Gainesville student murders Amateur wife dianna Florida.
They showed him a copy of that issue, told him that he was a suspect in the Gainesville case,  and requested a blood sample for DNA analysis. Later, after Diana had printed Boiled Angel 7 and 8 the final Amateur wife dianna of that series and a new graphic novel called Sourball Prodigyhe received a total of ten letters from a police officer named Michael Flores.
Flores was posing as a fellow artist who had just moved to Largo from Fort Lauderdale and requested copies of Diana's books. Flores insisted in his letters that he was not a policeman, and despite declining to meet Diana in person,  Diana obliged him with copies of his comics.
They went to trial the following year, in March in Pinellas County Court. Baggish argued that Diana's work was obscene in a way that an easily available teen horror movie was not, because the latter "portrays violence in a gross way, but it does not portray sex in a patently offensive way", which is one of the criteria for obscenity under the U. Supreme Court Miller v. California ruling, the other two being an appeal to the "average" prurient interest in sex, and the lack of any artistic, literary, political, or scientific value.
According to Lirot, the jury was visibly disgusted by the examples of Boiled Angel Amateur wife dianna they were made to read. According to Diana, the jurors were asked "what their idea of art was, Amateur wife dianna one of them said 'needlepoint.
Step one, you start with the drawings. Step two, you Amateur wife dianna on to the pictures. Step three is the movies. And step number four, you're into reality. You're creating these scenes in reality. Diana testified for over three hours to explain his art to the jury, though the judge denied his request to enter into evidence a stack of his old underground comicswith which Diana wished to illustrate that he was not doing anything unprecedented.
It doesn't have to accept what is acceptable in the bathhouses in San Francisco, and it doesn't have to Amateur wife dianna what is acceptable in the crack alleys of New York. According to Robyn Blumnerexecutive director of the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU of Florida, the comics' political and anti-establishment themes, which included its depiction of pedophile priests, crosses smeared with feces, and a drawing of two eggs frying atop a Bible with the caption "This is your brain on religion" should have protected Diana from an obscenity conviction under the First Amendment, but instead inflamed the Amateur wife dianna toward a conviction.
Judge Walter Fullerton ordered Diana held in jail for four days  until sentencing without bail, which drew criticism from publications such as St.
Petersburg Times and Mother Jones magazine, with the latter's Sean Henry stating that while this was the norm for murderers and drug lords, it is not so for those convicted of misdemeanors. Fullerton explained, "I felt incarceration in jail was part of the sentence, so why not begin? He learned some good lessons. Fullerton also ordered Diana to Amateur wife dianna a state-supervised psychiatric evaluation   at his own expense,  to take an ethics-in-journalism class, and ruled that he was to submit to unannounced, warrantless searches of his personal papers by the police and deputized probation officers from the Salvation Armywhich would allow them to seize any drawings or writings.
Although such random searches during probation are typical only in drug and weapons cases, Baggish stated that it was natural to extend this for obscenity convictions, saying, "Treatment is the most important part of the sentence", and that Amateur wife dianna searches were needed to force Diana "to refrain in a rehabilitative vein from this conduct.
To cure the psychological maladjustment, [it's necessary] to catch him in his true state.
Aspects of this sentence drew critical reaction from the civil liberties community. It reminds you of mind control.
The fact that the state doesn't like Michael Diana's attitude and will send him to experts and conduct searches is like legalized lobotomy. Diana is definitely the first artist who's Amateur wife dianna banned as part of his sentence. Comics writer and novelist Neil Gaiman spoke out in support of Diana,  and writer and theorist Scott McCloud called the Amateur wife dianna and seizure of Diana's personal drawings "sheer lunacy".
Despite his and others' reaction to the sentence and Diana's bitterness toward those who targeted him, he says his probation officer, who followed his trial, was generally sympathetic and wished only to help him through his probation. During that time, Diana took up painting, and he produced one for Wired magazine that depicted himself as a tiny figure in the courtroom and the judge and prosecutors as monsters surrounding him, which he jokingly suggested violated his probation.
Diana, who suspected her of inflating her bill because she knew the court had ordered him to pay for the exams, refused, and was never given the test results. His attorney stated that Diana was unaware of the forgery and charges were Amateur wife dianna when Diana agreed to a pretrial probation program.
Two appeals to the State Appellate Court failed to have the case reversed or reheard in Florida. During the first appeal process, the prosecution used evidence gathered after the original trial, a move that, according to the CBLDF, is usually considered unethical. Inwhile his case was still on appeal in Florida, Diana moved to New York Citywhere he was granted permission to serve out his sentence, and fulfill his community service obligation through volunteer work for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Before his probation officer Amateur wife dianna the Salvation Army-run probation department, she told the court before that Diana had violated his probation. On June 27, the Court denied the petition without comment, effectively ending his legal options in his battle Amateur wife dianna overturn his conviction.
In a interview, he indicated that he planned to Amateur wife dianna a box set of Boiled Angel 1—8. He also indicated a desire one day to produce a graphic novel about the court case and how his life in Florida influenced the rebellious nature of his art.
As ofDiana was engaged to Suzy Smith, who once produced a local cable show. They both posed nude for an underground magazine. Diana has indicated that he usually does not vote, the one exception being the U. Presidential electionin which he voted for Ross Perot in the hopes of preventing a victory Amateur wife dianna Bill Clinton.
Regarding the Presidential electionDiana says that had he voted, he would have voted for Ralph Nader. The play borrows many particulars from the legal case and punishments meted out to Mike Diana, while the character of the comic artist in Busted Jesus and the background story are entirely fictional.