After a long feud with FunnyJunk regarding alleged content stealing, Matthew Inman who founded a webcomic called The Oatmeal has held up his end of the deal by posting photos of the bags of money he raised for charity, having surpassed his monetary goal.
As promised, 29-year-old Inman posted photos of the $211,223.04 in cash he raised through the help of supporters in the midst of controversy.
The saga began last year when Inman published a blog post on The Oatmeal saying that FunnyJunk has stolen, rehosted and profited from comics originally posted on his own website. Inman stated that the comics were posted without a credit or linking, accusing FunnyJunk having practically stolen my entire website and mirrored it.
FunnyJunk, which deleted some of the comics, said The Oatmeal wants to sue in order to shut down the website run by nothing more than dirty content thieves. Inman, however, said he never had plans to sue or shut down FunnyJunk but rather just wanted his comics taken down.
Days later, Inman and The Oatmeal received a letter to notify that FunnyJunk was filing a lawsuit against Inman, ordering that he pay $20,000 in damages.
You want ME to pay YOU $20,000 for hosting MY unlicensed comics on YOUR sh---y website for the past three years? asked Inman.
The feud escalated further when media attorney Charles Carreon representing FunnyJunk and Inman had an exchange of angry tweets regarding the suit.
But rather than rousing more controversy for the comic sharing website, Inman found an alternative: To raise money for charities like the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society through Indiegogo.
I don't want to spend the next year tied up in legal bulls-t, Inman wrote. I just want to make comics.
Consider this my philanthropic kind-spirited way of saying, F-k off.
I'm going to try and raise $20,000 in donations, Inman wrote. I'm going to take a photo of the raised money. I'm going to mail you that photo, along with this drawing of your mom seducing a Kodiak bear. 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.
Within just one-third of a day, BearLove Good. Cancer Bad received over $70,000 in donations, far surpassing his initial goal of $20,000. The campaign was set to close on June 26.
Since the charity began, Inman received an immense amount of support for his cause and raised $211,223.04, which he will donate to the said charities.
But that's not all. Inman also fulfilled his share of the deal by ordering a photo shoot of the donated money and the drawing of a woman seducing a Kodiak bear.
As promised, here's the photo of $211,223.04 in cash we raised for charity, Inman wrote. To everyone who supported the cause: thank you.
The photos include the money in a duffel bag, laid out flat on a table, Inman posing in front of it and arranged in piles to spell out FU and PHILANTHROPY > DOUCHEBAGGERY.
Suffice to say, sweet revenge for Matthew Inman and The Oatmeal.