The Oatmeal is the creation of Matthew Inman, a 32-year-old Seattle resident who’s written several books, such as How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, and late last year, the running shoe company Saucony released a 171-second film about Inman and his life.
As he explained in a blog post, “Saucony made a mini-documentary about my cartooning, eating, and running habits. This was shot in my house in Seattle, Washington over a couple of days.”
It’s a fast but highly entertaining biography, illustrated by Inman, and focuses on his life as a runner. It has his characteristic honesty—”I wake up and I’m running because I have a hangover and I had, like, corndogs for breakfast,” he says.
It also explores the origin of The Blerch, which he’s previously described as”a fat little cherub who follows me when I run,” and “a wretched, lazy beast.”