I made a schedule of 2016-2017 Project Goals (for my eyes only) and I reached my first goal today, yay!

It was to nail down the lower third/onscreen designs for my ongoing web show, Token Talk presented by Racebending. You got the sneak peek in a previous post but after more than a month of doing test runs and working in my colleagues’ notes, I finally figured out the design format.

For the 'NEWS' segment.

For the ‘NEWS’ segment.

'NEWS' segment with guest host/photographer Jerome Villarin on Aug. 16, 2016.

‘NEWS’ segment with guest host/photographer Jerome Villarin on Aug. 16, 2016.

Image above: our show starts off with a “This Week In News” segment that does a roundup of news in diversity, racebending, social justice, etc. Sometimes the host Dariane Nabor does the news solo and sometimes she might have a guest host like our co-producer Catherine Manabat, so the main titles reflect that. I also wanted to credit Peter Ngaou as he’s been responsible for gathering the most interesting news bytes for our roundup.

I created a photo sidebar that would have a short caption and accompanying image. It’s specifically on stage left so Dariane can sit stage right (where she has full view of both the prompter and live feed) and a guest host can sit center.

'GUEST INTERVIEW' segment with writer Michael Mejia on August 16, 2016.

‘GUEST INTERVIEW’ segment with writer Michael Mejia on August 16, 2016.

Image above: For the “Guest Interview” portion, there’s another photo sidebar (that’s smaller than the sidebar during the “News” segment for a reason) with specific images and captions our guest(s) would like us to promote. This includes projects, current/past gigs, and the items they’re selling in the Token Talk store. Using the Tricaster provided by XSN, we can make the image fullscreen too.

In the main title boxes, I add in their names, occupation, special announcements, fun facts, and any social media accounts they might have.

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Or the informally named “Hand On Chin” photo series. Whenever I feel stuck on a main project, I’d draw myself to recalibrate.

I can’t begin to describe how magical it’s been illustrating using the Cintiq 13HD Touch graphic pen tablet. My line work’s been more detailed, accurately reflecting how I would usually draw with a regular pencil and paper. Used a variety of Oil, Acrylic, and wash brushes from kylebrush.com.

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Since May 10, 2016 a couple months ago, I’ve embarked on a new project called Token Talk with host Dariane Nabor and co-producer Cat Manabat. Presented by Racebending (most famous for their anti-whitewashing Hollywood campaign against the live film adaptation of The Last Airbender), Token Talk is “a weekly live talk show promoting works by, for, and about underrepresented communities.”

Logo designed by Angela Gomez.

Logo designed by Angela Gomez.

Token Talk is a way to continue those conversations about underrepresented communities in pop culture. The show itself is broadcasted from Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA and produced by XSN, an online shopping network that dubs itself as “QVC 2.0.”

At its core, we want this to be a show that promotes work or products by, for, or about underrepresented groups. We want to do more than boycott whitewashed works. Show the industries you want to see more representation by voting with your dollar and supporting diverse works. We hope to encourage viewers to use their consumer power to support work done by diverse communities and show representation isn’t just about having a “token” [insert marginalized descriptor here] person. We hope to entertain viewers but also enrich, inform, and get them to discover and buy cool, diverse stuff, too!

      Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for the latest episodes.

      Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

      Please contact us if you’d like to be a guest and/or have questions by using the email address listed on the business card design below!

We passed out these business cards during San Diego Comic-Con weekend to indie vendors. I designed the back.

My design.

My design.

I also designed lower thirds for our live broadcast:

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EDIT. Pictures from set!

Our second episode featured artist Marcel Ramos and the duo behind Drunk Monk podcast (Will Choi and Keiko Agena, aka "Lane Kim" on Gilmore Girls).

Our second episode featured artist Marcel Ramos and the duo behind Drunk Monk podcast (Will Choi and Keiko Agena, aka “Lane Kim” on Gilmore Girls).

The time we had actor/martial artist Ernie Reyes, Jr. and author Paul Krueger on the show!

The time we had actor/martial artist Ernie Reyes, Jr. and author Paul Krueger on the show!