Joy Sandwich (society & culture)

Special episode! Bonus episode! Episode overrun with gooey emotion! On Episode 55 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Non gets all mushy and emotional by talking about why People Make Us Better. Because they do, and so do you! Non embraces his own joy by talking about some specific people in his life that have made his life better, introduces a new sponsor to the show, reads a blog post from his website, and wishes a happy wedding anniversary to his wife! It's all very sappy.

Look out for Episode 56 coming later this week (that's right! Two episodes in a week!) with comic book creator and artist Benjamin Dewey!

And as always, embrace your joy!


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On Episode 54 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non say hello to fellow married podcasting couple Andrew and Bernadette from the AB Film Review podcast! For this episode, we jump into movies once again to discuss our Top 3 Movie Couples! There will be sappiness, Tom Hanks, many swears, and unbridled heaps of joy!

Thank you to Andrew and Bernadette for being amazing guests!

Be sure to follow AB Film Review on Twitter @ABFilmReview and at!

You can follow us on Twitter @JoySandwich and subscribe in iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android)!

And as always, embrace your joy!


Show Notes


Movies: The Dressmaker (highly recommended by AB Film Review), Zootopia ("c words!"), Batman V Superman (Bernadette "literally explodes"), Green Room (amazingly intense!), Midnight Special (good movie to rewatch), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (much better than people are giving credit), The Jungle Book (Andrew, like Mike, hates kids! :D), In the Loop (swear words coming out of your ears), The DUFF (surprisingly enjoyable).


Recent joys: Andrew finds joy in doing AB Film Review for two years! Congrats, you two! Non digs the hell out of the super intense Green Room! Bernadette has a rough day at work and finds joy in a belly laugh caused by the hilarious Arrested Development (when Buster drinks his juice like a lunatic). Jessica talks about her anticipation for seeing Aliens on the big screen and getting her Mondo Ellen Ripley t-shirt!


Stickers: Want a Joy Sandwich sticker? Share a recent joy with us on Twitter @joysandwich and we'll send you one!


Movie Couples: What are some of your favorite movie couples? Share yours with us on Twitter @joysandwich or!

Direct download: 54_Episode_054__Movie_Couples_with_AB_Film_Review.mp3
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On Episode 53 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non say hello to the delightful author and illustrator, Ashlyn Anstee! Ashlyn is the author of two children's books, Are We There, Yeti? and, most recently, the punny and warmhearted No, No, Gnome!

We were so happy to speak with Ashlyn about her story growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, moving to Toronto, Ontario where she got a degree in Classical Animation, and then moving to Los Angeles and finding a job in animation. 

She also talks to us about growing up with a creative teacher/librarian for a mom, having loads of books around to read, and the first moment she realized one could actually make a book! We also talk about the amazing community of children's book authors and illustrators, finding a publisher (Simon & Schuster), coming up with ideas for books, balancing illustration and writing, some of our favorite children's books, and more!


Tots, Tweens & Teens Book Festival (May 14, 2016)

Ashlyn Anstee will be attending the Tots, Tweens & Teens Book Festival on May 14 from 12-6pm at Pasadena High School! It's a free event and there will be books for sale through Once Upon a Time bookstore. Show up at 12pm and see Emily Arrow play the No, No, Gnome! song live!

Go see Ashlyn in person at the event! Oh, and we'll be there too!



Episode Show Notes

1. Recent Joys:

- Ashlyn talks about the joy of putting her bookshelf together to display and curate beautiful children's books! Also, she found joy in Jon Favreau's adaptation of The Jungle Book.

- Non's joy is a new job! Hooray! He's very excited and thankful for the opportunity and loves not having to wear pants!

- Jessica finds joy in a recent trip up to the Theater at the Ace Hotel to see James Cameron's Aliens on the big screen. We also came away with some pretty sweet Ellen Ripley shirts from Mondo!


2. Links to Stuff We Discussed:

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Dan Krall

 - Emily Arrow sings No, No, Gnome (you'll hear a clip of this song at the beginning of the show, and the full song at the end!)

- Leisa Rich

- Emily Arrow sings Are We There, Yeti?

- Zigger Beans by Diane Redfield Massie

- Robert Munsch

- Really Rosie by Carole King

- Harvey Beaks

- Whisper of the Heart


3. Social Media & Web

Ashlyn: @ashlynanstee on Twitter, ashlynanstee on Instagram, Ashlyn Anstee on Facebook,

Joy Sandwich: @joysandwich on Twitter, Joy Sandwich Podcast on Facebook,

Emily Arrow: @helloemilyarrow on Twitter, Emily Arrow on Facbook,

Bridge to Books: @BridgetoBooks on Twitter, BridgetoBooks on Instagram


Thanks so much to Ashlyn for joining us on today's episode of Joy Sandwich!

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Direct download: 53_Episode_053__Author_and_Illustrator_Ashlyn_Anstee.mp3
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Greetings, bibliophiles! On Episode 52 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non sit down with with their lovely friend and amazing writer Yi Shun Lai to talk about her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu!

We chat with Yi Shun about her writing process for Not a Self-Help Book, the humorous diary-style writing, Yi Shun's unique diction, creating fiction from truth, her sources of inspiration, pitching the novel (check out How I landed a publisher from Yi Shun's blog; the book was pitched as "Bridget Jones's Diary meets The Joy Luck Club"), the importance of reading books by and about diverse writers, independent publishing, and so much good stuff about books, writing, creativity, and head cheese!

Order your copy of Yi Shun's new book here or here (and be sure to leave a joyful rating and review on Amazon and Goodreads!)


Not a Self-Help Book Giveaway!

Want a signed copy of Yi Shun's debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu? Of course you do! Check us out on Twitter @joysandwich and look for our Rafflecopter giveaway to participate!


Show Notes

Recent Joys: Yi Shun talks about her AWP weekend with Roz and a Joshua Tree-Les Miserables road trip with friends!

Non and Jessica take a trip up to Los Angeles to see the Star Trek symphony at the Pantages theater with Michelle! Also, Agent Carter (we love you, Hayley Atwell!) is soooo great! And Yi Shun loves the BBC show Black Books on Netflix.


Social Media





Thanks so much for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!


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On Episode 51 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, we invite Jairo of the True Bromance Film Podcast into the virtual bedroom to discuss food and film in the most joyous way with the Top 3 Characters We'd Love to Share a Meal With! From movies, books, and television!

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Twitter: @joysandwich



Like the show? Please leave us a joyful rating and review in iTunes:

Thank you for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!

Show Notes:

DRINKS: Adopting the tradition of Jairo and Barry of the True Bromance Film Podcast, we have drinks! Jairo is drinking a Bud Light Watermelon-Rita, Jessica is drinking Coke with Kraken rum, and Non talks bowel movements and drinks Glutenberg!

RECENT JOYS: Jairo is overjoyed by the Episode 100 Addendum created by listener Kevin of CinemaGeeks, and True Bromance Film Podcast reaches 100 episodes! Plus, special congrats to pal Mike Denniston of War Machine vs. War Horse for your Mental Floss mention!

Jessica is finding joy in mindfulness, which helps her calm her anxiety and stress. Example: paying attention to the transitions in life. You should try it!

Non's joys are potential future exciting joys (purposefully vague!) and the audiobook of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Lots of sex!


Follow the show on Twitter @TruBromanceCast


On Episode 50 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non invite Team Joy Sandwich honorary member and resident film geek Justin onto the show to talk about 2016 Summer Movies! We delve into some recent joys, get an update on how Justin's goal of watching 2015 movies in 2015 went, and then finish it off with our Top 3 Most Anticipated 2016 Summer(ish) Movies!

Thanks for listening! Let us know what you're looking forward to! Please check out our new website at and follow us on Twitter @joysandwich and on Facebook at!

And as always, embrace your joy!

Captain America: Civil War

Show Notes

  • Grading scales for movies, including how it relates to imdb and Jessica's teaching approach
  • Justin gives us an update on the 2015 movies he watched in 2015, some of the best and worst
  • Tweets for Joy Sandwich @joysandwich, Non @subjectplusverb, Jessica @readschmead
  • Like the show? Please leave us a joyful rating and review on iTunes!


Credits: Sampled part of "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen

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On Episode 49 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non welcome fellow podcaster and film nerd, JD Duran of the InSession Film Podcast! In this episode, we talk about the first time we recognized a film score, why film scores bring us joy, and our Top 3 Most Joy-Inducing Film Scores!

What are some of your favorite, most joyful film scores? We'd love to know! Tweet us @joysandwich and let us know! Check us out at!

Be sure to follow the InSession Film Podcast on Twitter @InSessionFilm too!

And as always, embrace your joy!



  • Recent Joys: JD sharing his joy of watching nostalgic Detroit Red Wings hockey clips with his son Samuel. Ah-dorable! Non finished Carter Beats the Devil, a book about the journey of a magician, by Glen David Gold. It's great! Jessica is reading and loving Jeff Lemire's Old Man Logan comics.

  • Film Scores: The moment we started to recognize scores in film. The films that stand out in our heads for their memorable film scores, including The Lion King, Jurassic Park, Transformers, and others. Plus our individual Top 3 Most Joy-Inducing Film Scores!

  • Music and Emotion - a Composer's Perspective by Joel Douek; Scary Mary; Film Score by Aaron Copland


A small taste of the many film scores we discuss on the show. Here's The Lion King:

Direct download: 49_Episode_049__Film_Scores_with_JD.mp3
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On Episode 48 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non sit down with fellow podcaster (check out Common Room!) and video game enthusiast Hadas (@HADSTERIFIC) to talk about the joy of video games! We jump into video games from our childhood, the culture of gaming, the anxiety of playing games, and our three favorite recent video games!

What are your recent video game joys? What games brought you joy as a kid? We'd love to hear from you! Tweet us @JoySandwich or let us know on Facebook at! Thanks for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!


Show Notes

Direct download: 48_Episode_048__Video_Games_with_Hadas.mp3
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On Episode 47 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non chat with comedian, illustrator, Space Cave podcast creator (check out the introspective and science-joy Space Cave podcast), and genuinely lovely human David Huntsberger (or "Tickle Dave")! On today's show, we discuss the joy of Making Things! Plus, we talk about creative integrity, making things in a digital/social media-heavy world, intangible vs tangible effort, the joy of a finished product, and other joyful stuff. Thanks for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!

 --- :D

One-Headed Beast DVD Giveaway!

Speaking of joyful stuff, we're giving away two (2) copies of David's amazing One-Headed Beast DVD, which features David's stand-up comedy and a collaborative animation from about 20 animators! All you have to do to enter is follow us @joysandwich on Twitter and RT the giveaway tweet(s) (special points if you leave us a joyful rating/review in iTunes!). Simple!

US only. Must be 18 years of age. We'll ship the DVD to you, but cannot guarantee the condition on its arrival. But we trust that the USPS will be joyful guardians, so no fret! :D

Show Notes:

  • BOOKS/TV: So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson, Sirens on Netflix
  • DAVID HUNTSBERGER: For all things David Huntsberger, check out! And you should definitely subscribe to Space Cave, because it's cool and fun. Also The Junk Show! If you're in the Southern California area, go see David collaborate creatively with cool people! Next one is February 14! And guess what? We'll be there!

The Junk Show

Joyfully yours,

Jessica & Non
Co-hosts/co-creators of Joy Sandwich

Direct download: 47_Episode_047__Making_Things_with_David_Huntsberger.mp3
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Episode 046: Cartooning with Grant Snider

On Episode 46 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non invite cartoonist Grant Snider into the joy den to discuss Cartooning! Grant is an amazing cartoonist! We chat with him about the process of cartooning, the balancing act between his creative efforts and fatherhood/orthodontics, what inspires him to keep producing wonderful stuff on a consistent basis, crowdfunding in the creative world, and so much more! If you're into creative things and thought-provoking cartoons, you'll find joy in this episode! Thanks to Grant for being on the show, and thanks to you for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!

Show Notes:

  • WHAT WE'VE BEEN WATCHING: the chilling and cleverly written Bone Tomahawk, the funny, easily binge-able Mozart in the Jungle
  • GRANT SNIDER: Follow Grant's amazing work at!
  • CARTOONING: One of Grant's current favs, Por Liniers; the New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast (and her morbid and hilarious Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?); jetpack enthusiast and cartoonist Tom Gauld;
  • STICKERS: Want a free Grant Snider-designed and 'tooned Joy Sandwich sticker? Let us know on Twitter @joysandwich!

Interior Life by Grant Snider of Incidental Comics

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