Ian Jones-Quartey

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Ian Jones-Quartey
Ian Jones-Quartey.jpg
Jones-Quartey in 2016
Bornc. 1983/1984 (age 36–37)
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
OccupationAnimator, voice actor, storyboard artist, writer, director, producer
Years active2007–present
Known forOK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
Spouse(s)
(m. 2019)
RelativesTheodosia Okoh (grandmother)

Ian Jones-Quartey (born c. 1983/1984)[1] is an American animator, voice actor, storyboard artist, writer, director, and producer. He is best known for his webcomic RPG World and his work on Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Bravest Warriors. He is the creator of the animated series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, based on his Cartoon Network pilot Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which ran on the network from 2017 to 2019.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jones-Quartey was born in Hatfield, Pennsylvania,[1] but was raised in Columbia, Maryland.[3] His father was a pharmaceutical engineer, and his mother worked as a librarian for the chemical company W. R. Grace.[1] Jones-Quartey attended Long Reach High School[4] and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.[5]

Career[edit]

Jones-Quartey created the webcomic RPG World, which won Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards in 2001 and 2002.[6][7] He co-created the web animation series and comedy hip-hop duo nockFORCE, rapping under the stage name "effnocka" along with audio specialist Jim Gisriel.[8]

His first job in television animation was on The Venture Bros..[citation needed] He went on to be a storyboard supervisor and revisionist for Adventure Time and a storyboard artist for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome.[citation needed] He supplies the voice of Wallow in Bravest Warriors and was the supervising director and co-developer of the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe.

In 2013, Jones-Quartey's short Lakewood Plaza Turbo aired on Cartoon Network as a television pilot. The short was retooled as a mobile game entitled OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which was released on Cartoon Network's Anything app in February 2016. Lakewood Plaza Turbo ran as a network series beginning March 2017, and OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes premiered on Cartoon Network on August 1.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Jones-Quartey is a grandson of Theodosia Okoh, the designer of the flag of Ghana; he based the Steven Universe character Nanefua Pizza on her.[9]

He married Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar on December 4, 2019, having been together for twelve years.[10]

Influences[edit]

Jones-Quartey cites Akira Toriyama's series Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump as inspiration for vehicle designs as a reference for his own. He stated, "We're all big Toriyama fans on [Steven Universe], which kind of shows a bit."[11]

Filmography[edit]

Animation[edit]

Voice work[edit]

Comics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2017-08-01). "A new Cartoon Network show finds inspiration in Columbia, Md., the animator's home town". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on August 2, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-01. ...Jones-Quartey — a 33-year-old writer-artist... CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Michaels, Andrew. "Hometown inspires Columbia native's Cartoon Network show". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  3. ^ Barnhardt, Laura (August 6, 1995). "Young students find television acting gives them a new look at themselves". The Baltimore Sun. Maryland. Archived from the original on August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "You're invited to help address school tragedies". Howard County Times (Howard County, Maryland). May 3, 2001.
  5. ^ Cavna, Michael (August 1, 2017). "A new Cartoon Network show finds inspiration in Columbia, Md., the animator's home town". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "The 2001 Cartoonists' Choice Awards". Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "The 2002 Cartoonists' Choice Awards". Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "nockFORCE biography". Last.fm. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  9. ^ Jones-Quartey, Ian (2015-04-17). "IAN JQ dot com". Tumblr.
  10. ^ Jones-Quartey, Ian [@ianjq] (December 5, 2019). "Hey so @rebeccasugar and I have been a couple for 12 years... and yesterday we got married!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 13, 2018 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (November 17, 2014). "Manga Series Dragon Ball Celebrates 30th Anniversary". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on August 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Cartoon Hangover (September 12, 2012). "Meet Ian Jones-Quartey as Wallow from 'Bravest Warriors'!". Retrieved February 9, 2018 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ Jones-Quartey, Ian. (2004) RPG World – The Comic That's in a Video Game, Volume 1: Unlikely Hero Out for Adventure. Publisher: Keenspot Entertainment. ISBN 0-9722350-4-3

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