The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, who died Monday at age 57, was aided in developing the hugely popular animated TV show by a New Jersey native.
When Hillenburg launched SpongeBob in 1997, he brought Drymon, an illustrator who honed his skills at the famed Joe Kubert School in Dover before moving to Los Angeles.
Drymon, in an interview conducted with the Daily Record at his childhood home in Jefferson in 2004, recounted the moment when Hillenburg first showed him a working sketch of SpongeBob.
“I remember thinking it was such a simple design, but one I had never seen before. Such a genius use of shape,” Drymon told the newspaper.
[?] We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work. [?]
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018
Drymon has not publicly commented on the death of Hillenburg, who was diagnosed last year with ALS.