Don’t Mess With The Oatmeal Or Its Fans Will Get Even

I spend far too much of my free time on the humor website The Oatmeal and that time spent online has made me very loyal to the brilliant, absurd and always hilarious works of comic artist Matthew Inman. Apparently that loyalty has carried over to the rest of his fan base.

Nearly one year ago Matthew wrote an angry blog post against humor aggregator FunnyJunk after his work appeared on the website without any mention of its origin.

One year later FunnyJunk decided they didn’t deserve to be attacked for stealing an artists work and they filed a defamation lawsuit in which they are asking for $20,000 in damages.

Responding to that lawsuit Inman wrote an even more pissed off blog post that explains the ridiculous lawsuit. Inman then announced his plans:

  1. I’m going to try and raise $20,000 in donations.
  2. I’m going to take a photo of the raised money.
  3. I’m going to mail you that photo, along with this drawing of your mom seducing a Kodiak bear.
  4. I’m going to take the money and donate one half to the National Wildlife Federation and the other half to the American Cancer Society.

One hour later his campaign raised $20,000 and then continued to raise even more money, breaking the $30,000 mark. At the time of this posting the fundraising effort has raised $66,207. If you want to help Matthew with his effort just visit Indiegogo.com/bearlovegood

Matthew soon after his fundraising kicked off wrote:

“Holy shit $20,000 in 64 minutes! YOU PEOPLE ARE AMAZING,” writes Inman on his fundraiser page.

FunnyJunk in the meantime has been slow to respond, perhaps because like Inman angrily wrote in his new post, they are being a complete “jackass.”