A year ago, children’s book illustrator and author Noah Z. Jones of Camden, his wife Diane Jones (pregnant with their second child) and their young son Eli headed to then-smoking Glendale, Calif. to answer the call of Walt Disney Co. On Friday, Sept. 24, Jones’ animated series “Fish Hooks” will debut on cable television’s Disney Channel at 9 p.m.

Jones is the creator and co-executive producer of “Fish Hooks,” an imaginative, eye-catching and funny animated series revolving around three tweens, Milo, Bea and Oscar (who happen to be fish), as they navigate the choppy waters of high school. A preview of “Fish Hooks” is available on iTunes.

The series is produced using an innovative mixture of digital animation and photo collage. Voice stars are Kyle Massey (“Cory in the House”) as Milo, Chelsea Staub (“JONAS L.A.”) as Bea and Justin Roiland (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) as Oscar. Recurring guest stars include comedian Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), exercise guru Richard Simmons, comedic legend Jerry Stiller (“The King of Queens”), ABC TV star Atticus Shaffer (“The Middle”) and Edie McClurg (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), among others.

Maxwell Atoms (“The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”) is co-executive producer with Jones. Carl Greenblatt and Bill Reiss (both of “Chowder”) direct the episodes.

Jones realized he wanted to create art for a living after taking part in a monster drawing contest in the fifth grade. As a child, his love for drawing was fueled by dinosaurs, monster movies and the Wacky Packages line of trading cards. As an adult, his art and designs have added to numerous award-winning projects and his crazy Web-developed characters have attracted world-wide recognition.

Jones’ ability to change styles both digitally on the computer and more traditionally with pencil drawings demonstrates an unusual stylistic versatility. His books “Not Norman,” “The Monster in the Backpack,” “Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit” and “Those Shoes” — each with a different author — show his ability to approach every story with a fresh eye.

“To be an art director at Disney is the only job that would have taken me away from Camden, because we’re so happy here and really love it here,” said Jones before departing last September.

Viewers can enter the world of “Fish Hooks” online at DisneyChannel.com/FishHooks. To see Jones’ previous work, visit almostnakedanimals.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.