Are you worried that someone may accidentally make a series that is similar to your ideas?
No, because I can always get my stuff copyrighted with the Library of Congress.
Years ago, I got my characters Tuffy and Bull, the two main characters from the cartoon and/or comics series about street fighting cats and dogs that fight crime, which I originally planned on developing, copyrighted with the LOC. I created, illustrated and wrote a preliminary comic book story that featured them and a few related characters. So Tuffy and Bull, and the few related characters that were featured in the story, as far as I understand, are already copyrighted.
As I said in another thread I'm not an expert on copyright and trademark law.
I'd like to know how many ways I can get my OC's copyrighted with the LOC.
I'm wondering if I can simply submit stills of my OC's, which would include group pics of my OC's to the LOC for copyright.
As an artist I should know the technical term or terms cartoonists and animators use to refer specifically to the type of art I'm referring to but I don't what it's called off-hand. I'm going to look this up and ask about this.
I should know all the technical jargon cartoonists and animators use for their work in general anyway. I don't unfortunately so I need to do some research on this.
I know what model sheets and character studies are.
I should and need to know what fixed forms of cartoon work that show off your characters are acceptable to submit to the LOC for copyright.
It only costs $20 to get something copyrighted.
I'd like to get all my characters copyrighted with the LOC.
I remember reading and being told the easiest way to ensure no one steals your characters is to create art of your characters and mail the art to yourself, and if I remember right, don't open the envelope, or simply sign your name (you can just use your initials) to your work and put a circled "C" and the year next to your signature, but I don't know how legally-binding this is.