Ben Jones (American cartoonist)

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Ben Jones
Born Benjamin Quincy Jones
1977 (age 40–41)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Animator, screenwriter, producer, voice actor, comedian, music composer, storyboard artist, director
Years active 2003–present
Notable work The Problem Solverz
Stone Quackers

Benjamin Quincy "Ben" Jones[1] (born in 1977)[2] is an American comedian, voice actor, music composer, animator, producer, director, writer and storyboard artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He is a member and founder of Paper Rad, an art collective of his city (Pittsburgh) with Jacob Ciocci and his sister Jessica Ciocci. In 2007, Jones created Neon Knome, a pilot for Adult Swim; Neon Knome was never aired but is featured on the Adult Swim website as part of their "Big, Über, Network, Sampling" collection in 2010.[3] Jones is the main creator and the voice actor of Alfe and Roba in the Cartoon Network show, The Problem Solverz.[4]

In 2013, Jones became the creative director of the Fox Saturday night programming block ADHD,[5] where he released his series, Stone Quackers. The program aired as sneak peek on October 27, 2014 on FXX[6] and a spin-off, Gothball, was premiered as a web-series on May 1, 2015 on the ADHD YouTube channel.[7]

Biography[edit]

Jones was born in 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in central Massachusetts. His family collected computers, a hobby initiated by his father, Frank, who was a software engineer. This influenced Jones a lot, so much that later he would draw inspiration for his future style of art and design.[clarification needed]

Career[edit]

Jones began his career in animation in the late of 90's. He first made comics, followed by a series of loosely drawn minis.[clarification needed] He studied in Boston at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where under the name of "Paper Radio" met and worked with fellow artist Christopher Forgues. In 2000, he founded the collective Paper Rad, with the artist Jacob Ciocci and his sister Jessica Ciocci.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Project Show run Channel(s) Credited role No. of episodes
Pick a Winner 2004 DVD only Director (credited as Paper Rad) 5 episodes
I Dream of Zinedine Zidane 2005 Short only Digital effect artist Inexistent
Super Mario Movie Director (credited as Paper Rad)
Wonder Showzen 2005–2006 MTV2 Animator Unavailable
Trash Talking 2006 DVD only Co-creator, Writer, Producer, Executive producer, Director, and Voice actor (credited as Paper Rad)
Neon Knome 2007 Adult Swim Creator, Animator, Writer, Executive producer, Director, Music composer, and Voice actor 1 episode
Yo Gabba Gabba! 2007–2015 Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
Animator
The Problem Solverz 2011–2013 Cartoon Network Creator, Executive producer, Director, Music composer, and Voice actor 26 episodes
Storyboard artist 2 episodes
ADHD Shorts 2012–2016 Fox, FXX Storyboard director 10 shorts
Voice actor 4 shorts
Designer 3 shorts
Writer 2 shorts
Peanut Butter & Jelly 2013 Short only Voice actor Inexistent
Axe Cop 2013–2015 Fox, FXX Creative director Ongoing
High School USA! 2013 Fox 12 episodes
Golan the Insatiable 2013–2015 Fox, FXX
Lucas Bros. Moving Co. 2013–present Creative director, and Director Ongoing
Storyboard director 2 episodes
Voice actor 1 episode
Stone Quackers 2014–2015 FXX Creator, Writer, Executive producer, Creative director, and Voice actor Ongoing
Storyboard director 2 episodes
Major Lazer 2014–present Creative director Ongoing
The Adventures of OG
Sherlock Kush
2015–2016 ADHD (Web only) Director 20 episodes
Gothball 2015 Creator, Writer, Director, and Voice actor 10 episodes
Nerdland 2016 Film only Sequence animator Inexistent
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes 2017–present Cartoon Network Voice actor Ongoing
Neo Yokio Netflix Creative director, and Voice actor Ongoing
Art Theifs TBA TBS Creator Upcoming[9]

Exhibitions[edit]

  • Deitch Projects, New York;
  • Peres Projects, Berlin;
  • Pace Wildenstein, New York;
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York;
  • The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York;
  • Tate Britain, London;
  • Musee d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, Paris;
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco;
  • Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, 2005 (group show)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home page. benjaminqjones. (December 14, 2009).
  2. ^ www.a-m-p.gr/media/pdf/original/benjonescv.pdf[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Adult Swim Presents. Adultswim.com (June 25, 2013).
  4. ^ "In Brief". The Fresno Bee. March 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Animation Domination High-Def ('ADHD'). WonderCon Anaheim 2013. (March 30, 2013).
  6. ^ Nadel, Dan (October 24, 2014). "Inhale Exhale". Comics Journal. Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ GOTHBALL TRAILER - Youtube
  8. ^ Nadel, Dan (April 4, 2011). "Artistic Modern Funnies: Ben Jones’ Problem Solverz". Tcj.com (April 4, 2011).
  9. ^ "UPFRONT 2017: TBS and Super Deluxe to launch interactive late-night block - Turner". Turner. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 

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