An Interview with ACen’s Assistant Department Head of Art and Publications
Anime Central is a convention run by fans for fans! As such, we like show you the faces of those who volunteer their time to help run the Convention. This week’s post is an interview with our Assistant Department Head for Art and Publications!
The Art and Pub department handles all the various art and writing that goes out to the public. Their biggest focus is the Program Guide because without that, you’d have a hard time knowing what’s going on at the Convention! In addition to the printed Program Guide, they’re also in charge of the App version of the Program Guide. Now the guide fits even better into your pocket!
So without further ado, here’s a little about the person who catches all (most) of the typos!
Name: David Ordoñez
Department: I am the Assistant Department Head Art and Publications where we create any items that go out to the public such as the Program Guide and Press Releases. Primarily, I’m the Copy Editor for all our publications (Program Guide typo-free since… well, never).
Staff/for how long: Logistics (‘05-’07); Merchandising (’08-’10); Blogger (’13-Present), Copy Editor (’11-Present), and ADH (‘12-Present) for Art & Publications
A little about yourself: By day, I’m a customer service phone rep for a medical waste disposal company and a Petty Officer in the US Navy Reserve one weekend a month (barring any deployments). I also have a BA in English from NIU, which when folded up makes a lovely hat. I also enjoy sunsets and long walks on the beach. Nobody cuddles as hardcore as the Ordomancer.
What are some of your favorite anime related media? Final Fantasy (6, 7, and 9), Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Avatar: The Last Airbender, anything Studio Ghibli and Pixar
What was your first ACen experience? My first ACen was 2002. I brought my violin with me. I can play pretty much anything by ear, and was playing themes from various video games, shows, and movies throughout the weekend. While impatiently waiting for the dance, I started playing conga music and of course, a conga line formed behind me. Because of repeated violations of the fire code, conga lines are now forbidden at ACen. You know you had a good time when you set precedent for future events (FYI, if I see anyone starting a conga line, I *will* break it up).
Why did you join staff? I wanted to go to the Convention for free! I started on the Logistics staff, which was a lot of hard work and heavy lifting, but the cool thing about it was that all our work was done before and after the Convention, so I had plenty of time to enjoy the Con itself. I got lucky to get on that staff as a lot of positions do all their work during the Convention (and now I’m in yet another position that does all their work before the Con). However, I was on the Merch staff a few years where all that work was during the Convention, but I managed to scam some extra ACen shirts and swag on the cheap! I had a lot of fun yelling at the top of my lungs hawking ACen swag. Every staff has its work to do, but every department does their fair share, and the perks are totally worth it!
What tips do you have for attendees to enjoy ACen more? Keep your packing as simple as possible. If you can’t carry all your luggage by yourself, you’d better have a big enough cart to lug all your stuff around. And for the sake of others, please bathe.
What were your most interesting experiences with the Program Guide? Did you catch any typos? Feel free to leave a coment!