Fandom Glossary A – G

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree.

Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title.

She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need.

She can always be bribed with pie.

Fandom Glossary A – G

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This glossary does not substitute for a good dictionary. It is being provided solely to assist you in reading some of our blog posts and in listening to our shows.


Addams Family

This IP springs from cartoons by Charles Addams and encompasses a television series and even a few feature films.

Amidala, Padmé

Padmé Amidala is a character in the Star Wars universe. She is also wife of villain Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) and mother to twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa.



Batman is one of the best-known characters in the DC Comics universe.

Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test (named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel) has three components:

  • A property (films usually, but books, plays, cartoons, comic strips and books, and television shows could also be checked) must have at least two named female characters
  • Who talk to each other
  • About something other than a man

The test sets an exceptionally low bar, and it can sometimes be passed by some decidedly non-feminist films, such as Gone With the Wind (Prissy and Scarlet argue about delivering Melanie’s baby, among many other female-female conversations not concerning men). At the same, another female-dominated movie, The Three Faces of Eve, apparently does not pass any part of the tripartite test.


A browncoat is a fan of Firefly.



Catwoman is one of the best-known villain characters in the DC Comics and film universe.


Cosplaying is the act of dressing up like a favorite character. Furthermore, this can be done professionally, and many cosplayers flock to conventions to show off their skills and trade tips on sewing, crafting, and adding makeup.


Darth Vader

One of the best-known villains in any franchise, Darth Vader is the alter-ego name of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars universe. In addition, in common parlance, the name has taken on meaning as a kind of shorthand for the ultimate villain.


Deadpool is a comic antihero and is a part of the Marvel Comics universe.



Elektra is a female superhero in the DC universe.



Firefly maybe is best described as a space western with a motley crew of characters who speak a mix of English and Mandarin. Furthermore, Fox cancelled the series early. This series’s fate is still much-lamented.



The sidekick to Xena, Warrior Princess is a strong female character in her own right.

Gordon, Flash

Dating back to 1934, this hero of a space-based comic strip and television serial (and a cult film with a soundtrack by Queen) is part of a property currently owned by Dynamite Entertainment. Furthermore, the cult classic film has Max von Sydow, Brian Blessed, and Timothy Dalton in its cast.

Green Lantern

This successful DC Comics property currently exists in several incarnations. In addition, there have been some attempts to put this character in the movies.

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