Pintsize (or his S&F-universe counterpart, at least) is, of course, used without even the slightest bit of permission from infamous internet ne'er-do-well Jeph Jacques.
You may have noticed the ambassador's interpreter kicking around before... in fact, that's him right there during the ambassador's very first appearance five years ago! We play a long game around here, team.
We return on Friday with our next comic, and a new round of reader Q and A! If you've got a question you'd like to add to the pile this week, just pop it in an email with "Q and A" in the subject line.