First thing I thought when I saw it was, "Can you hear me now? Howabout now? Wait I got another call coming in, hold on a sec."
I guess you could argue that we "drive" the strip as the consumers but it seems to me that title should be reserved for you, Dave. I vote for "Passengers" or "Fleetmates."
BTW, I lived and worked at a clinic just a few miles from Chichen Itza for a few months and like your other commenter said, it was the winners that were sacrificed, not the losers. Only the best were sacrificed to the gods. There is actually a running joke with the younger generation that it explains why the Mayan descendants are so ugly. All the pretty girls were thrown in cenotes (natural wells) as sacrifices!
The first thought in my head was, "Gawd it's Monday". The second thought regarding a nickname, like a few mentioned, was "Drivers". Next I thought "Driven" sounded better. Abracabra improved on it by saying "The Driven". I want to add these two possibilities; "The Driven Ones", or "The Driven Few".
Just throwing these out on the floor where they may fly high, or lay there in a smelly heap...
I second "Drivers", though I must admit, it sounds kinda wrong, or bland as someone said.
About the Mayas, being mexican and descendant of mayas I must say Novus is right. The winners of the ball game were the ones sacrificed as they were considered worth for the gods.
I think "Drivers" will win.
I was going to say Drivers since a) it's obvious, and b) at 1 am it seemed like a witty and original suggestion; but having seen the literally tens of people suggesting it, I feel compelled to suggest something different. Nay, deeply silly.
How about "Intergalactic Lords of the Almighty Hobnob Biscuit and all its Friends"?
Drivers seems like a really, really bland name to me. "The Driven" sounds interesting, but I don't think that would work really well as a noun (consider this 'Hey you The Driven, new comic is up!', it just sounds wrong imo).
Some of the other names sound really cool. I like Fleetmates, but I doubt it will work as well as sheldonistas, which is an obvious reference to the Sheldon comic..
I guess the one I liked the most was Drivative (as suggested by snootch101). But again, I'm not sure if it would work. I thought it was very clever though, and it references the name of the comic more directly than some of the other examples.
Pardona mi, senorita, donde es el Machismos? I really like Ringers and The Driven. I don't think it needs to repeat the name of the strip, but it should emphasize the spirit of the strip. What are we all so drawn to here? Perhaps, in that vein, the best idea is "La Familia" because we all secretly want to escape to the stars. That would, however, be confusing to the readers...which is Dave talking about this time?
So in summary, how about, "La Drivinistas"? And I'll add that anything, and I mean anything is better than The Drivenators. Don't go there.
What about "Mohawks" after the little dude. His mohawk is essential to the "driving" of the ships. He's the "Last of the Mohawk-ans." Well, we hope he's not the last, or the empire is doomed!
I say we go with something new and fresh, something that hasn't been done before. Something that encapsulates the vastness of space and the stodgy bureaucracy. I say we go with... Trekkies! It's both catchy AND confusing!
Or... in a less lawsuit-inducing suggestion, how about calling us the Saturday Drivers?
Torydillo stole my terrible idea for a joke. >=( I am SO upset at you...
...which it means the joke needs to be used somewhere where everyone can bask in its awful pun-goodness, because not everyone reads the comments.
"Drivers" reminds me to check my computer for hardware upgrades.
I think a clever name that sticks like tacky glue will surface with more time, maybe when we've gotten further into the plot of the story and have seen more of the "world".
Some of you really need to keep in mind that we're supposed to be able to use the word without sounding like a big group of douchebags.
I mean, I could not take anyone seriously that casually refers to themself as The Core.