Welcome!

(this web-site was last updated July 19, 2014)

So I’m an author and actor who jumps between New York City and Los Angeles. I’m a freelance writer so I wind up contributing to a lot of sites. Along with writing the column “Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.” for  TheMarySue.comI’ve written for sites such as NerdApprovedWired.com, CBR, and MTV Splashpage. I sometimes work on media projects as a geek consultant. I’ve been labeled a comic book and pop culture historian by news media, publishers, and the Paley Center. Basically, I know a lot about American superheroes, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes and other geeky topics. I also regularly speak on panels, and sometimes in classrooms, about superhero stories as morality plays, feminism in pop culture, the evolution of vampire fiction, the many ways to handle time travel in storytelling, and minority and LGBTQ representation in media.

My most recent book is Doctor Who: A History (published by Lyons Press). I also recorded the audio book. You can find those on Amazon, Audible.com, Barnes & Noble, and other book stores. I also have a YouTube channel if you get bored.

I enjoy introducing people to good stories and characters. 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’m determined to find a way to visit 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. You’re never too old to get into new areas of fun. Stay geeky.

NEWEST STUFF:

Marvel Comics Super-Women Who Need a Spotlight

DC Comics Super-Women Who Need a Spotlight

Editorial: We All Benefit from Better Representation

What Do the Stars and Creator of DOCTOR WHO Have to Say About a Female Doctor?

A History of LGBT Representation in Mainstream American Comics

Gecken Podcast Episode 71: The One About Daredevil 

Editorial: CW Ignores Fans and Own Website

BBC’s Sherlock Season 3 Annotations!

Press – Geek Author Alan Kistler Writes “Doctor Who: A History” – RedEye Chicago

 

NEXT PUBLIC APPEARANCE!

I will be appearing at Comic-Con International!

THURSDAY 3PM – Room 7AB – The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con!

To discuss the best (and most disappointing) examples of powerful women in pop culture, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (professional stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia founder), Adrienne Curry (host/model/Tolkien enthusiast), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl), and Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).

SUNDAY 2:15 PM – Room 6BCF – DYNAMITE 30th Anniversary with Quentin Tarantino!

Join us as we chat about his upcoming comic DJANGO MEETS ZORRO! I’m moderating this panel, featuring: Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci and Dynamite senior editor Joseph Ryband, Django/Zorro Editor Reginald Hudlin, Django/Zorro writer Matt Wagner! And Quentin, obviously!