The Oatmeal, the awesome web comic by Matthew Inman we all know and love, is being sued. The funny thing is that Inman reckons the site suing him, FunkyJunk, is actually a prolific thief of his work. This is his epic response.
There’s been no love lost between the Oatmeal and FunnyJunk for a while now, but the latter decided to take things to the next level with a formal cease and desist letter, plus a demand for $20,000 (£12,850) to avoid further action. Inman wasn’t exactly pleased, as you can imagine, so he decided to do what he does best and rip the piss out it in true hilarious Oatmeal fashion.
Inman didn’t stop there though; he also set up a charitable fundraiser “defence fund” aiming to generate $20,000 in cash. The idea was to take a picture of the accrued money and mail it to FunnyJunk, before donating the whole lot to the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society — two worthy charities, even for us on this side of the pond, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Inman’s operation “BearLove Good. Cancer Bad.” managed to raise the $20,000 in just 64 minutes, and is currently standing at over $140,000 (£90,000) with 14 days left to go — it seems we’re not alone in our love for The Oatmeal.
While I’m not sure on the legalities of this kind of action from FunnyJunk, it looks like at least some good will come out of this. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take out The Oatmeal in the process. [The Oatmeal via Gawker]