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