It’s no secret that online webcomic The Oatmeal is a fan of Nikola Tesla and Tesla Motors. They were instrumental in getting Nikola Tesla’s old lab in Shoreham, NY, turned into a museum – securing $1.3 million through crowd-funding site IndieGoGo and securing a personal donation from Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, for the cause.
Therefore it comes as no surprise that Matthew Inman, the brains behind the comics at The Oatmeal, drives a Model S and loves it.
Yesterday he published his latest web comic: What it’s like to own a Tesla Model S. A cartoonists review of his magical space car.
Using his usual blend of (often childish) humour and information presentation, Inman goes through the various features of the Model S – range, charging, the smartphone App, the keyfob, the touchscreen – and even goes on to tackle some of the more contentious issues such as how quiet the car is and the ‘Tesla fires’.
Inman’s one criticism of the car is its name. ‘Model S’ just doesn’t do it justice, in his opinion. And with news that Tesla is dropping its Model E name for its affordable car last week, this is a very timely observation.
In his comic he suggests two possible name changes for the Model S:
- Intergalactic SpaceBoat of Light and Wonder.
- Electric CruiseBeast.
As advertising for Tesla goes, they couldn’t have asked for better. The Oatmeal has a massive audience; as of 2010, the website got an average of 4.6 million unique visitors and more than 20 million page views a month.
This single comic may have done more to get Tesla and their car into the eyes of people than anything that has come before.
What did you think of the comic? Would you like a Tesla Intergalactic SpaceBoat of Light and Wonder? Did you support The Oatmeal’s funding drive for a Tesla museum? Let us know below in the comments.
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