We have a couple small conventions here in Hawaii. This year is the first year I've had a table in any. The trademarked/copyrighted characters at conventions is an interesting issue. I think it's broadly know to be technically a litigiously possible thing, it seems the major publishers turn a bit of blind eye to it though.... unless it is derogatory to the characters/properties and/or starts making a enough money to be noticeable. Neither of which I'm doing. Maybe if the local conventions grow to the point that the "big boys" start coming, then it'll be time to quite. And certainly if ever get a cease and desist order I'll comply. I will say, that for me, there's barely any financial incentive. If I break even I'm happy. If I'm lucky I'll make enough for nice dinner out with the missus. But that anyone is willing to pay me at all to do what I'd be doing for free on my own anyway is great, and it's satisfying to get art into the hands of people that really enjoy it. In the real world I'm a visual information specialist for the Navy, that's what pays the bills for me.
Hey, this may be an out there thought, but would you and Jeff ever consider guesting at a convention? We have Hoku Kon starting up next year, which is centered around comics, gaming, sci-fi and fantasy. You guys fall into a couple of those categories. Think it over. If yes, I can pass you the Hoku Kon point of contact's information.
Again, love the podcast and the art. Cheers.