By Todd Allen
The Oatmeal is a well known webcomic that crosses over into mainstream coverage with some regularity. And that’s happened again. The short version is: some time ago, The Oatmeal had a dust up with a website called “FunnyJunk” over a bunch of The Oatmeals comics having been appearing on that site without authorization. Roughly a year later, FunnyJunk has sent a letter from a lawyer wanting $20K for defamation to avoid a lawsuit. Suffice it to say, The Oatmeal is a bit incredulous.
The response (VERY worth your time to read the whole thing, replete with illustrated rebuttals), was ultimately to raise $20K. Take a picture of the $20K. Mail a picture of the $20K, along with an illustration of the mother of FunnyJunk’s owner trying to seduce a bear to the owner of FunnyJunk. Then split the donations between the World Wildlife Fund and American Cancer Society.
He got $20K in 64 minutes, according to an update on the project.
The actual crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, “BearLove Good. Cancer Bad.” is now over $118K.
I’m not so sure this isn’t an instance of crowdfunding as an instance of performance art.
No word yet on how the lawyer has responded.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.