Pictured here: $211,223.04 in cash.

That’s the money raised for charity by Matthew Inman, better known as the Oatmeal, the Seattle-based webcomic artist who tapped the power of the Internet to fight a suit brought by a lawyer for a site called FunnyJunk.

Inman responded to the original threat of litigation by launching a campaign to raise $20,000 for charity instead — the same amount that the lawyer demanded to settle some strange allegations that Inman made false statements about FunnyJunk illegally hosting his cartoons.

Thanks to the Oatmeal’s giant following, the campaign ended up raising more than 10 times that amount for the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

The lawsuit was dropped last week. In a post yesterday, Inman followed through on his promise to take a picture of the money and send a photo of it to the lawyer, along with a depiction of the lawyer’s mom getting friendly with a bear.

Great comment from one of Inman’s readers: “You have beaten the internet… that was the last level.”

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  • Optiman

    I don’t like this. As a fan of The Oatmeal, I don’t like this.

    What this suggests is that the man who has the most money is right. That’s simply not a valid argument.

    Matthew, please go back to your crude and funny webcomics and leave the moralizing fundraising to the politicians.

    • Mark Frederick

      Eh? What this proves is that people can band together to stop a bully. In this, that lawyer used money to pick a fight (demanding $20K) and the fight ended with his humiliation and a lot more money being donated to good causes.

      • Optiman

        The only persons who were “humiliated” are the ones who handed over their money when their favorite webcomic artist begged for it.

        This situation is shameful. Raising money does not make a man more virtuous. If that were true, we would allow men like Steve Forbes and Mitt Romney to be our President just because they spend more money than their opponents do.

        • Bob

          Disagree, and bringing your political view into it doesn’t help the discussion.

          I think you’re confusing cause and effect. He was right on the merits, as he proved several times over via links to his misappropriates IP (cause). That resulted in others wanting to help him and donating money (effect). FJ likely has or could have accessed even more money. But apparently they realized Matthew was a) right and b) not going to be intimidated by a larger entity.

          Frankly, I think it’s one of the most impressive things I’ve seen recently. Right prevailed, not money. And Matthew took a negative and turned it into a huge positive for charity. Meanwhile a scummy company, FJ, was throughly embarrassed, as was their equally clueless lawyer.

          • Guest

            That’s a great story, but that’s not the story about which we’re talking. This is a story of a man who raised $211,000, laid it on the floor in the shape of an acronym meant to evoke a profane phrase, and photographed it as proof of his superiority. That, to me, is not a story that inspires hope. It inspires a belief that money makes one superior.

          • Bob

            Sorry guest/Optiman, that is the story. Yeah, he could have avoided the profanity. But that’s part of who he is.

          • Guest

            That’s a great story, but that’s not the story about which we’re talking. This is a story of a man who raised $211,000, laid it on the floor in the shape of an acronym meant to evoke a profane phrase, and photographed it as proof of his superiority. That, to me, is not a story that inspires hope. It inspires a belief that money makes one superior.

  • Go Oatmeal!

    Optiman, you are very confused. When you say “this suggests the man who has the most money is right” you write as if Inman raised money to hire high-priced lawyers to beat down the nice FunnyJunk people. Didn’t happen. What Inman did is flip off the bully and get a lot of people to help him to do that. Good for him and everyone who contributed.

    Are you a shill for FunnyJunk?

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