The Oatmeal Raises Nearly $150K for Charity in Days

And all to spite a rival site
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2012 2:23 PM CDT
The Oatmeal Raises Nearly $150K for Charity in Days
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Since Monday, the founder of popular comic site The Oatmeal has raised nearly $150,000 for charity—and all to spite another website. It all started nearly a year ago, when artist Matthew Inman complained about on The Oatmeal, accusing the site of basically stealing his work, not crediting him, and then collecting ad revenue. responded Monday by demanding $20,000 for defamation, Mashable notes. That's when Inman got really mad.

Rather than sending $20,000 to FunnyJunk, Inman decided he would attempt to raise that amount and then split it between the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society. To say he succeeded would be an understatement: "Operation: BearLove Good. Cancer Bad" raised the $20,000 within 10 minutes, and in less than one day, the amount had reached $120,000—and it's still growing. Why the odd name? Inman vowed to send a picture of the money raised to FunnyJunk's lawyer—along with a "drawing of your mom seducing a Kodiak bear." Click for Inman's original post or his response to FunnyJunk's demand. (More Matthew Inman stories.)

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