. . .I was thinking of myself as a new school fan.... If that's the right word for it!?!? ( correct me if I'm wrong). I have never actually interacted with any Star Trek fans until now, also first forum I have ever joined so take it easy on me!
I think of myself as a younger fan who didn't get the chance to grow up watching the show...
It was my error then. I'm an old fart, dating back to where I can remember songs with names like "Feelin' Groovy".
We're mostly a sane bunch here, insane as that may sound. Welcome aboard.
Regarding the later question, I don't know enough about the books, comics, or poster illustration artists, others here though are knowledgable.