The jury found Diana guilty. He received a $3,000 fine, was ordered to stay away from minors and given three years’ probation – one of the conditions of which was that he was not allowed to draw. He did anyway: “I was told the police could make unannounced visits at any time, without a warrant, to see if I was drawing cartoons. I used to hide paintings in the trunk of my car and get them out at 2am to work on, when I was hoping the police might have better things to do.
It was the Mike Diana case that really made me decide which side I was on, when it came to free expression for artists. The article, on Mike Diana and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is an excellent one.