I’m Alan “Sizzler” Kistler. I’m an author and actor who jumps between New York City and Los Angeles. I contribute articles 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’m occasionally asked to discuss my views and sometimes I act as a professional geek consultant on creative projects.
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 and stay geeky.
CRAZY SEXY GEEKS PODCAST – Ep 71 – Kiri Callaghan of GEEK & SUNDRY joins me to review FOREVER EVIL comics featuring Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy
NEXT PUBLIC APPEARANCE!
I am signing copies of DOCTOR WHO: A HISTORY (as well as anything else people might have) on Monday, NOV. 4 from 6-8pm. The place is BLAST FROM THE PAST – 931 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
The weekend before that, I am signing books at Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles (Nov 1-3) and will appear on several panels.
FRIDAY NOV. 1 – Room 301B - 1:30 PM
“Geek Girls: Sexism Within the Geek Subculture” – I am the moderator. Panelists include Kristin Hackett and Molly McIsaac of Fangasm.
FRIDAY NOV. 1 – Room 301B – 3 PM
“Who Wants To Be A Super-Villain?” – I will discuss super-villain behavior and psychology with Dr. Travis Langley, Jessica Merizan of Crabcat Industries, Scott Devine, and actor Dino Andrade.
FRIDAY NOV. 1 – Room 304ABC – 7 PM
“Comikaze’s Triviapalooza!” – Katrina Hill (@ActionChick) and I present a trivia contest for attendees, with fun loot to win!
SATURDAY NOV. 2 – Room 301B – 5 PM
“Gender in Pop Culture” – Kristen Hackett will moderate a discussion on women protagonists and superheroes in pop culture. Fellow panelists will be writer Sterling Gates (Supergirl, Vibe), writer Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville Season 11, Batgirl) and actor Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman on Justice League, Justice League Unlimited).