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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

March 30, 2018
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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

Saturday, March 31 is the world premiere of Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, a documentary about the first artist in the United States to be convicted of obscenity. Diana was first charged with obscenity after an undercover Florida detective posed as an artist to obtain copies of Boiled Angel. In a week-long case…

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Why Mike Diana Still Matters

November 11, 2016
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Why Mike Diana Still Matters

Our film, The Trial of Mike Diana, is both a documentary on one of the most outrageous convictions in America’s legal history -- a 1996 conviction of obscenity over a self-published zine -- as well as a sober and multi-faceted discussion on one of recent history’s most unique comic artists.

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CBLDF Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Heritage Auctions

November 1, 2016
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CBLDF Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Heritage Auctions

To celebrate its 30th anniversary of protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Heritage Auctions are offering 11 important works at auction from the 1987 “A Benefit Portfolio in Defense of the First Amendment” that led to the creation of the non-profit organization. Developed in partnership with IDW Publishing, consulting supporter of CBLDF’s…

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Documentary The Trial of Mike Diana Coming in 2017

October 20, 2016
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Documentary The Trial of Mike Diana Coming in 2017

Over two decades after Boiled Angel creator Mike Diana became the first and only U.S. artist ever convicted of obscenity, an upcoming documentary aims to tell his story. Directed by cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter and funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign, The Trial of Mike Diana will explore the often subjective standards of obscenity…

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Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History

September 27, 2016
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Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History

One of the key legal cases in CBLDF’s history is that of Mike Diana, who in 1994 was actually banned from drawing for three years after a jury in Pinellas County, Florida, convicted him of obscenity for his raunchy zine Boiled Angel. In celebration of Banned Books Week, The Guardian’s David Barnett recently featured the…

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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

August 31, 2015
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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

“I was really lucky in that my parents definitely didn’t seem to have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read.” With that, Neil Gaiman — CBLDF Advisory Board co-president and longtime supporter of our fight for the right to read — kicked off an excellent interview with The Guardian‘s Frances Myatt about reading,…

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