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.”
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.
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.
“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.
[?] We’re unhappy to share the information of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. As we speak, we’re observing a second of silence to honor his life and work. [?]
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
Drymon has not publicly commented on the loss of life of Hillenburg, who was identified final yr with ALS.