Online columns & essays

Nerdy Love Letters

Featured on GeekGirlAuthority, this weekly column delves into fictional characters, stories, and ideas that Alan thinks deserve attention from folks who may not know about them or haven't given them a proper chance.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

After discussing superhero outfits with fashion icon Tim Gunn of Project Runway, Alan wrote his own regular column on the topic and revisits it from time to time. Check out his analysis of heroic costumes, fashion trends in comics, and the stylish choices of aliens and future-born societies.


Endgame - Stan Lee's Cameo is a Rebuke to "Keeping Politics Out of Comics" -

Why Batman Stopped Killing People in 1940 -

Santa is Just as Real as Superman - And That's the Best Thing About Them -

The Lessons Each Superhero Film Should Learn From Doctor Strange -

The Secret to Superman Stories is Not Super-Flare -

We All Benefit from Better Representation -


Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Special Annotations -

Back to the Future Annotations -

Avengers: Age of Ultron Annotations -

History Articles and Timelines

How the Comics Code Authority Kept LGBT Characters Out of Comics -

The Craziest Doctor Who Stories That Almost Happened -

The Many Origins of the Joker -

Why Batman Stopped Killing People in 1940 -

The DC Multiverse: How Did It Start? -

Marvel's Civil War in Comics, Explained -

Doctor Strange, Explained -

Black Panther, Explained -

Elektra and the Punisher, Explained -

Deadpool, Explained -

Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics: A Beginner's Guide -

Guide to Doctor Who's Master/Missy -

Doctor Who: The Evolution of the Sonic Screwdriver -

Supergirl, Superwoman and Power Girl Timeline (Part 1, Part 2) -

Superman Historical Timeline (Part 1, Part 2) -