Fandom Glossary T – Z

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 T – Z

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This glossary is not intended to be a 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.



ThunderCats is a Japanese-American cartoon series animated by Pacific American. Warner Brothers owns this property.

Tracy, Dick

Chester Gould created these adventures of the plainclothes policeman with an incredible array of gadgets. Furthermore, it began as a comic strip in 1931 in the Detroit Mirror.


Either term is used to describe the fans of the Star Trek property. However, Trekkies is the more common of the two.



This anthropomorphic canine superhero cartoon is generally played for laughs. DreamWorks Animation currently owns the property.



Maybe the best-known fictional sentient alien species, the Vulcans of Star Trek have pointed ears and green copper-based blood. The species embraces logic and disdains emotions. The best-known exemplar of this species is the half-human, Spock.



Wolverine is a part of the Marvel Cinematic universe.

Wonder Woman

Perhaps the best-known of all female superheroes, Wonder Woman is a mainstay of the DC Comics universe.



The X-Men are a part of the Marvel Cinematic universe.

Xena, Warrior Princess

Xena is a fantasy television show, and has been praised for its strong female characters (Xena as well as her sidekick, Gabrielle) as well as being a positive lesbian role model. Even without a relationship between the two principal characters, the show routinely passes the Bechdel Test. Universal Pictures appears to currently own the property.


Yellow Lantern

This bizarro alternate universe version of the Green Lantern is a little-known villain within the DC Comics universe.



Zorro (Spanish for fox) is the alter-ego for outlaw Don Diego de la Vega. However, Zorro is almost a Robin Hood-style character. He defends commoners from evil landowners and other (often wealthy) villains.

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