“The Trial of Mike Diana,” a new documentary that follows the story of the only artist in U.S. history to be convicted of obscenity, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish crafting the film. Directed by cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (“Basket Case”), the film follows comic book artist Mike Diana whose graphic, grotesque zine “Boiled Angel” got into the hands of an undercover cop. Florida authorities decided to put him on trial for three counts of obscenity where he was convicted of the crime and forced to spend four days in jail and three years on probation. He was prohibited from drawing images that might be considered obscene even for personal use in his own home, and authorities were allowed to conduct warrantless searches to enforce it. Watch an exclusive trailer for the documentary and its Kickstarter campaign below.
The film has begun production with the full participation of Mike Diana and unprecedented access to his personal archives. The story is supported by those who were there during the trial, as well as an illustrious group of comic book luminaries like Neil Gaiman, Peter Bagge and Stephen Bissette. Mike Diana himself will contribute original animation to the film.
Potential supporters can choose from a wide range of rewards being offered by the campaign, from an exclusive limited edition comic book by Diana to signed Blu-rays, as well as personalized artwork and exclusive opportunities for personal interaction with the filmmaking team. The campaign will run until Thursday, November 17 at 9 p.m. ET. Head to the campaign website to donate now.