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Ian Jones-Quartey
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Jones-Quartey in 2016
Born June 18, 1984 (1984-06-18) (age 37)
Alma mater School of Visual Arts
Occupation Animator, voice actor, storyboard artist, writer, director, producer
Years active 2007–present
Known for OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
Rebecca Sugar (m. 2019)
Relatives Theodosia Okoh (grandmother)

Ian Jones-Quartey (born June 18, 1984) 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.

Early life

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


Jones-Quartey created the webcomic RPG World, which won Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards in 2001 and 2002. 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.

His first job in television animation was on The Venture Bros.. He went on to be a storyboard supervisor and revisionist for Adventure Time and a storyboard artist for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. 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.

Personal life

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.

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


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."



  • The Venture Bros. (2006–2010) (inking, art director, animation director)
  • Supernormal (2007) (animation director)
  • Adventure Time (2010–2013) (storyboard supervisor, storyboard revisionist)
  • Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (2011–2012) (writer, storyboard artist)
  • Steven Universe (2013–2016, 2019) (co-executive producer, supervising director, storyline writer, storyboard artist)
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes (2017–2019) (creator, writer, executive producer, voice actor)
  • Steven Universe: The Movie (2019) (writer, co-executive producer)

Voice work


  • RPG World
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