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Mónica Guzmán

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July 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

And there it is: The Oatmeal comic posts promised photos in bizarre online showdown

Well, he wasn’t kidding.

Seattle cartoonist Matthew Inman, better known to fans as The Oatmeal, promised when he launched a blockbuster charity drive in response to an absurd legal threat last month that he would send a picture of the money raised by the drive, along with a picture of his opponent’s mother seducing a bear, to his opponent — attorney Charles Carreon — in what turned out to be one of the more dramatic online showdowns in recent memory.

And so, it appears, he will.

Inman presented photographic evidence of his intentions on his site from several unmistakable angles. The $211,223.04 his supporters raised for the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation in the campaign he dubbed “Bear Love Good. Cancer Bad” is shown first in a duffel bag, then laid out on a table, behind Inman himself and, finally, in such a way as to convey a short, simple message to Carreon that no one, least of all Carreon, could possibly misunderstand.

Closure? Let’s hope so.

Last week, Carreon dropped a lawsuit he filed against Inman, the American Cancer Society, the National Wildlife Federation and IndieGogo — the site Inman used to raise the money for his campaign. Carreon had filed the suit after he sent Inman a letter demanding that he pay his client, competing humor site FunnyJunk.com, $20,000 for criticizing the site for profiting off Inman’s content. Rather than pay the money, Inman pledged to raise it for charity and more than met the $20,000 goal.

When Inman’s story resulted in online mockery of Carreon, Carreon sued, claiming the fundraiser was illicit, that online attacks against him went beyond the bounds of free speech and that he would fight for months, if he had to, to prove it.

Clearly, he couldn’t.

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