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Guess what, ladies and gents! Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each one of our lovely, talented team members. Got questions of your own? Post them in the comments below or send us a message, a DM, or a Tweet!

You may recognize our first highlighted mate from his recent fandom with #FacesOfNeil…

What is your name and position with the Joy Factory Films team?

‘Ello, ‘ello. My name is Neil Manuel, and my position is Marketing and Design.

Tell us about your educational and career related background. 

I have a degree in Graphic Design from VIU in Nanaimo, BC. I studied at TRU as well back when they had a graphic design program. I’ve done all kinds of design-related things but more often than not it involves some sort of illustrated element.

What is your favorite part of your job?

The best part of my job is the variety that it offers, and the constant learning curve involved with creating new content. We try as best we can to never make the same product, so it keeps you on your toes. Also I work with really talented people which is motivation to try hard and make things that aren’t sucky.

If you were the head of a major TV station for one day, what would you play?

The Simpsons Seasons 2-8.

Give us some homework. What is one film (or theatrical play) that everyone needs to see?

Most recently “Swiss Army Man”.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why? 

Mum and Dad. I’d list the reasons why, but this would turn into a short essay.

What was your dream job growing up? 

Designing skateboard graphics. I supposed I’ve achieved that goal with Brass Monkeys Skate Co., although “job” implies you make money, so still working on that one.

What book has influenced you the most?

The Catcher in the Rye.

Name at least one famous person (deceased or still living) that you would like to spend a day with.

Charles Bukowski. Although a whole day seems a bit much.

What are your three favorite albums and why?

Iron Maiden – Powerslave (Best heavy metal album of all time)
Propagandhi – How to Clean Everything (Admittedly probably their worst album, but prime nostalgia)
Elliott Smith – Either/Or (Because sometimes life is hard)

In what ways do you find you are the same as your childhood self?

My hobbies are the exact same. I like to draw, skateboard, play video games, and watch the Simpsons. I’ve been staving off the transition into a grown-up my entire life. Adults suck, and then you are one.