Some years ago, when I was living in Ohio with a friend, we were driving in her car, and I was being bright sidey about something. Possibly it was the divorce I was going through at the time. Possibly it was something she was going through. Regardless, my general default state is to be almost vomitously upbeat about even the worst situations. My friend was… not that way. “Stop spouting that chipperish at me,” she said. “The world sucks and you’re too damn cheerful about it.” Fair enough. But when 2016 turned into 2017 and the world looked grim and dark and hopeless even to me, I decided to do something about it. Chipperish Media creates podcasts that celebrate finding joy and happiness in the things we love, never apologizing for loving what we love, and lighting a path to the bright side, even if that means engaging in an occasional bit of denial. The world is dark and scary. Don’t curse the darkness.
Lani Diane Rich (host, owner):
Lani Diane Rich is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, a story expert, and an award-winning podcaster. She has published 12 novels with Hachette, St. Martin’s Press, and Penguin, and currently teaches storytelling at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is the host of How Story Works and co-host of Listen Up, A-Holes, Still Pretty and Still Dead.
About Kelly Jones (host, Still Dead, Awegasm):
Dr. Kelly Jones is a force to be reckoned with. If you sit by her fire, prepare for a stream of ideas and enthusiasm that will spark your own creativity. She holds a B.S. in Communication & Information Technology, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, and jumps at any opportunity to apply her love of lifelong learning to literature, television, and pop culture. Should you wish to conjure the trickster goddess in her, simply arrange whiskey, wildflowers, ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ volcanic ash, coffee, and the entire DVD box sets of both ‘Angel’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ on a beach in the shape of Maslow’s pyramid. In true high holy heathen podcasting priestess form, Dr. Jones will appear, drink you under the table, and leave you with a killer soundtrack. When she’s not being a smartass to the Universe, Dr. Jones can be found writing, constructing theoretical frameworks, and saying tweetable things on a variety of podcasts.
About Joshua Unruh (host, Listen Up A-Holes):
If there are two things in this world that I love, it’s my opinions and the sound of my voice going on about them. Where else could I wind up other than podcasting, a world of talking at length and in depth about my precious, precious viewpoints in sonorous, honeyed tones? Lani blew my mind when she invited me to speak about the Marvel Cinematic Universe here on Chipperish with Listen Up A-Holes. But I also discuss what makes superheroes amazing, ridiculous, and often both at the same time on my own Pulp Diction Productions . Right now, you can listen to three Pulp Diction shows; An Animated Discussion, Superhero University, and WTF, Golden Age? Because speaking all the words isn’t enough, I also write Viking Fantasy, Weird Westerns, Tween Spy Fi, and Hardboiled Urban Fantasy, all of which you can discover at www.joshuaunruh.com. I write a modern take on serialized Mystery Man Pulp Fiction alongside the incomparable Daniel Swensen, which you can discover at Empire City Adventures. If you still haven’t heard everything you need to from me, if you have questions about superheroes, or if you just want shade thrown on deserving targets like Hawkeye or Late Stage Capitalism, twitter me @JoshuaUnruh or shoot me an email.
About Noelle LaCroix (host, Still Pretty, Awegasm):
Noelle LaCroix is a writer, dancer, podcaster, and body nerd with a passion for stories about clever girls. She brings her background in film studies and English literature to Still Pretty, where she examines Buffy the Vampire Slayer from directorial and feminist perspectives, and her verbosity and penchant for rumination to Joy-Curious, where she blogs about recovery, self-discovery, and love. Noelle believes in magic, sex-positivity, and the power of the human heart.
Rob Heiret (host, Metaphors Be With You):
Rob Heiret is a lifelong Star Wars fan and metaphor enthusiast who also has a deep appreciation for talking about stuff. He puts words together in pleasing orders for his day job and moves small plastic spaceships around on tables as a hobby. He is approximately 47% qualified to be here. Find him on Twitter at @rheiret, or in the Chipperish Discord at rheiret, or on the Chipperish forums at Rob_H, or in the world by calling “Hey, Rob!”