The lawyer representing FunnyJunk.com admits he was caught off guard by Matthew Inman’s response to his legal threat according to Digital Life on Today. After discussing the potential federal lawsuit for defamation with his own attorney, Matthew launched a rebuttal that only a popular, high-traffic generating, snarky cartoonist could come up with: He’s raising the money demanded by FunnyJunk’s attorney, going to take a picture of it along with a cartoon of the attorney’s mother seducing a kodiak bear and sending it to the attorney. The money will then be split evenly and donated to the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation. He raised the demanded $20,000 within an hour and at the time of this writing has raised over $115,000 through a site called IndieGoGo that operates similarly to Kickstarter.
“I really did not expect that he would marshal an army of people who would besiege my website and send me a string of obscene emails,” he says. “I’m completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat ? I’ve never really seen it before.”
The Digital Life article also notes that Charles Carreon (FunnyJunk attorney) is questioning if the type of fundraising is a violation of IndieGoGo’s terms and has asked the site to disable the fundraising campaign – if successful would deprive the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation of $50,000+ each.
The cartoon to be sent to the attorney depicting his mother seducing a bear: