MatthewVD writes "Paleofuture blogger Matt Novak’s South by Southwest talk on the Edison versus Tesla debate and myth of the lone inventor went electric when web comic artist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal, whose Tesla comic spurred the debate, showed up to defend his work.
“The goal with my comic wasn’t to write nonfiction, it was more to paint Tesla’s picture,” Inman said, when he emerged from the audience to ask a question at the end of the session. “I celebrate geeks.”
Novak had taken issue with Inman’s viral comic “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived” comic, saying that it fed the “Great Man Theory of History” and the myth of the lone inventor. But the discussion was very friendly and polite."
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