The Leftscape Podcast: ‘Represent: The ‘For Hire’ Superhero Novels of Alana Phelan & Kevin A. Patterson (Episode 53)’

The latest novel by Alana Phelan and Kevin Patterson is on its way! In the latest episode of The Leftscape, Kevin and Alana speak with friend and fan Robin Renée about their For Hire book series, superhero novels where queer, polyamorous, people of color are centered. For Hire: Audition will focus on Vanessa, a barista, and a veteran superhero, B-Girl, who get together after dealing with life’s disappointments to jump-start their careers. Find out about what sparked the co-authors’ collaborations, their experiences with educating through workshops and creating community, and the importance of telling stories where people of color, LGBTQ, and polyamorous people exist beyond their necessity for an identity-specific plot point. The successful crowdfunding campaign has just ended, and fans are getting psyched for a super fun new story. For Hire: Audition isn’t a sequel, so you don’t have to read the first book first, but do pick up For Hire: Operator for a great introduction to the universe where these stories take place.

Later on in the show, Wendy Sheridan shares her impressions of Amazon’s The Boys and The Expanse, then takes exception to the mansplaining and shoddy physics on Another Life from Netflix. Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony and its aftermath is the News topic at hand. Mary McGinley starts things off with notable celebrations including Varalakshmi Vratam, Left Handers Day, National Nonprofit Day and National Honey Bee Day, and the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Birthday shout outs go to Roger Federer, Joe Jackson, Bob 1 of Devo, Halle Berry, Magic Johnson, Francis Bean Cobain, Bill Clinton, Madonna, Wendy’s brother David, Dimebag Darrell, and others. During the conversation, there was a bit of confusion about the untimely passings of Dimebag Darrell, guitarist for Pantera and Damageplan and Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White. Those events are disentangled in the show notes.

The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Represent: The ‘For Hire” Superhero Novels of Alana Phelan & Kevin A. Patterson (Episode 53)


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