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KU students' love for old cartoons inspires YouTube series 'The Misadventures of Keon and Deon'

Monday, December 11, 2017

Keon and DeonRicky Smith is a University senior from Lansing majoring in Film & Media Studies. Since his early childhood, he’s wanted to use his work to emulate the kinds of things he watched on cartoons. With online series like “Bird Brains” and “The Misadventures of Keon and Deon,” Smith has been able to bring much of his work to life. 

Smith works with Graham Cannon and Jean-Jacques Corbier, both film students, on “The Misadventures of Keon and Deon.” The concept for the show began as an idea Corbier came up with. Eventually, the two brought the idea to Smith, as he had an established YouTube channel at that point.

“We wrote a bunch of stuff over the summer, and we came up with one short before school started,” Cannon said. “After that, we decided to keep going.”

With Corbier as Keon and Smith as Deon, “The Misadventures of Keon and Deon” centers around scenarios that the students thought would be comical to explore in a television show.

Cannon and Corbier said the series allowed them to grow in terms of directing and writing. With help from Smith, the two are able to bring more of their ideas to fruition, something they might not have been able to do before. Cannon described Smith’s previous work as being similar to cartoons from back in the day.

“His style reminds me a lot of the old Nicktoons; it reminds me of the shows that I used to watch growing up,” Cannon said.

Smith describes his style as nostalgic. His YouTube channel aims to “reinvent your childhood” as he illustrates in a style reminiscent of the past.

“I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid,” Smith said. “Being able to draw individual frames and then making it into a whole entire project is just the coolest thing.”

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