From this week's column:
No, it wasn't pedophilia. Mike was named a suspect in a murder case only after cops saw an issue of his self-published comic, Boiled Angel. He didn't have anything to do with the actual case, he was just a suspect because the cops didn't like his gory comics.If the Mike Diana case is any indicator, the courts and legislature don't distinguish between the two at all. (Diana, in the late '80s, was a comics artist, and not an especially good one, who was forbidden by a judge to even draw any of his creepy fantasies after he received a sex crimes conviction – I forget, was it pedophilia? – and higher courts upheld the restriction. A Florida case, natch.)
The cops then sent the comics to the State Attorney who charged him with three counts of obscenity. He was found guilty on all three counts and ordered not to draw while on probation, to not hang around with children, undergo psychological testing and a bunch of other insane crap.
(I already knew most of that, but refreshed my fading memory with Wikipedia (of course) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Diana)
Mike's official website is here: http://www.testicle.com/mikediana.htm
I think that URL will get you thrown in jail if you visit it from the state of Florida. So be careful.
P.S. His artwork is quite good if you enjoy that "primitive art" kind of thing. I like it.