Currently, I'm doing a PhD on the applications of algorithms to generate timelines of textual content. Recently, I found an article entitled StoryFlow: Tracking the Evolution of Stories by S. Liu et al. (2013), which can be found over here.
The article presents a computational method through which the location of different characters relative to one another throughout time is visually presented. What I found remarkable, whas that on p. 2442 it explicitly mentions and compares the outcome of the algorithm with the Jurassic Park panel of the 657'th XKCD comic "Movie Narrative Charts".
Here is the comparison in the article:
Another, more recent article that was inspired by this particular comic by Munroe is named HyperStorylines: Interactively Untangling Dynamic hypergraphs. It was published in 2022 and can be found over here (PDF).
In general, I often find the work of Randall Munroe funny and interesting at the same time, and can imagine it has served as inspiration for scientific work more often.
Yet more generally, I wonder which scientific articles were in some way inspired by web comics. I know quite a few inventions of the past have built on the imaginative comic books (see e.g. the following list). I restrict this question to web comics because they've been made more recently, and I haven't seen any of them mentioned in lists of the type mentioned above. I'm interested in both research articles and inventions that have come about at least in part thanks to the existence of a particular web comic.
Question: what research articles and inventions were inspired by web comics?