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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.


Summer 2012 Update: “Stuff Said”, SpongeBob, Spider-Man and MORE!

Here’s what’s new and/or exciting:

  • “Stuff Said”, my podcast, has been going for one year as of today. A year ago today the first episode, part one of my talk with Chris Giarrusso, took the podcast world by storm. One year later we’re still plugging along. Check it out here.
  • The SPONGEBOB COMICS train continues to roll, even faster now as the once bi-monthly comic is now monthly! Issue 10 comes out in comic shops in one week, with a cover and interior story by me. Keep an eye out for it:

  • I’ve also for a good spell been doing illustrations for SPIDER-MAN MAGAZINE for Disney Publishing Worldwide. What is that magazine and where can I get it? It’s an international magazine and you can get it in Europe (Italy, France, etc…you know, Europe). Since it’s NOT something us folks stateside can see, here’s some of the stuff I’ve done for the mag:

SpongeBob Comics #4

The new issue of SpongeBob Comics, the fourth, in fact, can be purchased today at better comic shops everywhere.

Here’s the cover, drawn by me over a layout by Graham Annable:

I also drew 12 interior pages, four of which are a story written by my good friend Brian Smith, creator of the The Intrepid EscapeGoat, a great book worth checking out/asking your local comic shop to order.

SpongeBob Comics #3

Hey gang, the latest issue of SPONGEBOB COMICS, the third issue, is now available at finer comic shops everywhere!

I’m responsible for drawing 10 of the 32 pages in this issue. But of extra note and excitement, is that those pages were done in collaboration with the one and only Ramona Fradon, who for those who don’t know, is a legitimate comics legend. As a comics artist in the 1960s she had a great run at DC Comics drawing Aquaman, and she co-created the fantastic character Metamorpho: The Element Man.

And while this collaboration mostly involved my drawing pages that were sent to Ramona to work on, I did get a chance to meet and chat with Ramona at Comic-Con in San Diego last year which was an absolute pleasure. Plus, I picked up this piece of art which, well, I’ll let it speak for itself:

SpongeBob Comics #2

Available today at better comic book stores: The second issue of SPONGEBOB COMICS, with a cover that looks a lot like this:

Under that cover by Brian Smith (The Intrepid EscapeGoat, The Stuff of Legend) is another 32 pages of SpongeBob stories, including eight pages with pencils and inks by me.

New Year, Old News (and some New News)

January’s come and gone and what do I have to show for it?

Well, for starters, next week, 2/9, sees the release of SPONGEBOB COMICS #1, a bi-monthly series in which I’m a contributor. More on that next week

The “Convention Sketches & Commissions” section has gotten a big update, showcasing art from the past year and a half or so (some has been seen on this news feed, but other stuff’s “fresh”). Additionally, the Puppet Heroes prints are officially in the “Illustrations” wing.

And the return in January of Saturday Night Live from their holiday break means the return of Stick Figure Night Live, which continues over at

Looking ahead, aside from the aforementioned SpongeBob Comics, the convention/public appearance season’s revving up and my first stop will be the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, WA the first weekend in March. I’ll be there sketching, selling, and trying something new. More on that as we approach March.

Happy Groundhog Day. This winter couldn’t end soon enough…

Going Green with Turtle Power

It occurred to me that while I’ve been working fairly steadily on comics and comic related business in 2010, everything I’ve been working on won’t see print until 2011…and some of it won’t even see print in the United States.

So come February 2011, SPONGEBOB COMICS #1 will start the bi-monthly run of that series. More on that in the coming months, I’m sure.

And in the past month or so I’ve got a new cultural comics icon to add to my “I’ve worked on…” list: the heroes in a half shell themselves, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There’s a slight catch though. Remember when I said “some of it won’t even see print in the United States?” Well, these TMNT comics are being published in the UK, Russia, Poland, etc.

So for what it’s worth, I thought I’d share a couple of pages of inks of said comics. Here’s a 2-page story wherein the Turtles get into it with the Foot Clan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: