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RIP Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, has passed away.

For over 18 years I have worked on SpongeBob-related material – character art, comics, coloring books, storybooks. That I was allowed to play with those toys as much as I have is a direct result of the approval and good graces of Stephen Hillenburg.

It has been a defining pillar of my career so far.

I’ve written about my career with SpongeBob (and Stephen Hillenburg), in 2010. And just last year I wrote about them again in my monthly e-newsletter.

Which is to say that I don’t know that there’s much more to say save for this is profoundly sad news.