Originally published on Slate in November 2015.

2021 update:

In the years since this comic was drawn, both fan series have ended, after another Trek fan film producer was sued by Paramount.

Vic Mignogna has since been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women in fandom.

Charles became a hardcore Trump supporter.

On a lighter note, James Cawley's Trek sets in upstate New York have been converted into a very fun publicly accessible tour.