The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, who died Monday at age 57, was aided in creating the vastly fashionable animated TV present by a New Jersey native.

Stephen Hillenburg first labored with Derek Drymon, a 1987 graduate of Jefferson Township Excessive Faculty, on the set of “Rocko’s Trendy Life.” 

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When Hillenburg launched SpongeBob in 1997, he introduced Drymon, an illustrator who honed his expertise on the famed Joe Kubert Faculty in Dover earlier than transferring to Los Angeles. 

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Drymon, in an interview performed with the Every day Document at his childhood residence in Jefferson in 2004, recounted the second when Hillenburg first confirmed him a working sketch of SpongeBob.

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“I keep in mind considering it was such a easy design, however one I had by no means seen earlier than. Such a genius use of form,” Drymon advised the newspaper.

Drymon has not publicly commented on the loss of life of Hillenburg, who was identified final yr with ALS.

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