Local Con Showcases Creative Talent

By Geoffrey Gerber

This past weekend I made my presentations at Archon 32. As usual creators rights and character copyright generated a great deal of discussion. In addition to my two panels, I was interviewed by the folks at Back Seat Productions and the Podgecast. I’ll post a link when it goes live. This con draws a mostly local crowd, but it showcased some nationally regarded talent on its panels and enthusiastic fan support.

I had the opportunity to briefly meet the Artist/Gaming Guest of Honor John Kovalic. My kids are big fans of Munchkin, a card game he illustrates. A friend directed me to this cartoon he did which has special resonance for character copyright geeks like me. Click on the image to check out the cartoon at Dork Tower.




I also have to mention Hacktastic D/20, which my middle son discovered at the gaming tables. This accessible d20 based RPG captured his attention and he is introducing it to his brothers. I mention it because — in addition to my son’s enthusiasm — it is created and continues to be developed by a small group in our area. As Black Pigeon Press, they publish and sell this game and its supplements (as well as providing a great deal of content online for free. They are a great example of how passion and creativity can start anywhere and grow. I also reflect on some of my clients who have started much the same way and become hugely successful in their original area as well as related fields.


The lesson to be learned is to plan for the future. Protect your intellectual property from the beginning because you don’t know where your creativity will lead you. Even when you have limited financial resources, good intellectual property counsel should be able to help you devise a plan for protecting your creative efforts that will let your Intellectual Property portfolio grow with you. Remember it is not just a question of applying for registrations, particularly early in the process you should make sure you have a business structure and written agreements in accord with the clear understanding you and your co-creators have for your developing portfolio and that those agreements are effective in making that understanding a reality.


If you don’t know an attorney, keep in mind there are resources like Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts that might be able to help you find affordable counsel.

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