I’m Alan “Sizzler” Kistler. I’m an author and actor who lives in New York City but also spends a lot of time in Los Angeles. I contribute articles, interviews and editorials to sites such as Wired.com, ComicBookResources.com, Newsarama.com and MTV.com. I’ve been recognized by news media, publishers, and the Paley Center as a comic book historian (focusing on the U.S. superhero genre) and a Doctor Who historian who’s also pretty knowledgeable about Star Trek and other pop culture topics. As a result, I am asked at times to discuss my views on such genres and sometimes I consult on creative projects. I co-host the podcast “Crazy Sexy Geeks.”
For years, I’ve been writing, speaking and consulting on geeky subjects such as the evolution of superheroes, vampire fiction, and what certain science fiction and fantasy books stories have to say about our society and imagination, particularly how it represents certain people. I enjoy introducing people to good stories (whether through podcasting, prose or acting), because fun fiction is meant to be shared and it’s silly to act elitist about it. I think Isaac Asimov should be taught in schools, I know far too much about fictional realms such as Gallifrey, Krypton and Paradise Island, and I think there is room enough in fiction for there to be fun, all-ages stories as well as dark, gritty tales.
Take a look around. Enjoy the geekiness. You’re never too old.
NEXT PUBLIC APPEARANCE!
I will be at Wizard World Philadelphia 2013 on two panels:
May 31, Friday 2 pm – Room 113
Wibbly Wobbly Time: A Doctor Who Panel (as panelist)
June 2, Sunday 1 pm – Room 113
Supermen! With Brandon Routh and Dean Cain! (as moderator)