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Hometown inspires Columbia native's Cartoon Network show

Hometown inspires Columbia native's Cartoon Network show

Growing up in the Village of Oakland Mills in the 1990s, Ian Jones-Quartey says he remembers riding his bicycle to explore the Columbia village centers, where families and friends came together in a welcoming environment.

The community gathering places, part of Jim Rouse’s utopian vision for the planned community, inspired Jones-Quartey as a writer, storyboard artist and animator, he said, and extends to his latest television project, “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes,” which premiered on Cartoon Network in August.

Set in the future year of 201X, “OK K.O.!” follows lead character K.O. who hopes to become the world’s greatest hero. K.O. works alongside his alien friend, Radicles, and...

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