1.) Can you trademark names? I like the names Urza & Mishra & want to pay homage to Magic the Gathering by naming characters, with different surnames, behaviors, roles, and magic, after them.
2.) How can i check the status of something like a name to know if it's trademarked?
3.) I'm writing a comic. What do i seek to ensure i have 100% control over my IP? Do i seek Copyright or Trademark? I doubt Patten.
4.) As i lack the ability to draw, I've hired artists to draw characters. Do i need expressed written consent that i own the characters/comic or by paying for their services that's given to me?
Thanks for reading & hopefully responding.