SpongeBob Squarepants (1999)
Character created by Stephen Hillenburg
SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg actually started his career in marine biology but minored in art during college. He planned to return to college eventually to pursue a master’s degree in art. After graduating in 1984, he joined the Ocean Institute where he initially had the idea that would lead to the creation of SpongeBob SquarePants: a comic book titledThe Intertidal Zone, which was used by the institute to teach visiting students about the animal life of tide pools.The comic starred various anthropomorphic sea lifeforms, many of which would evolve into SpongeBob SquarePants characters.
In 1987, Hillenburg left the institute to pursue his dream of becoming an animator,and began envisioning the idea for a project that would involve a cast of anthropomorphic sea life. Although he drew several rough sketches of the concept, it would be close to a decade before his idea would become a reality. In 1997, while pitching the cartoon to Nickelodeon executives, Hillenburg donned a Hawaiian shirt, brought along an “underwater terrarium with models of the characters”, and Hawaiian music to set the theme. (source: Wikipedia)
Fast forward to 2011, and I am about to ride the California Coast Classic, a charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that takes place every September and benefits the Arthritis Foundation. We rode 540 miles down the California coast in teams, and my teams mascot was SpongeBob Squarepants in honor Christiana Powery, the daughter of our team leaders Dwight and Maria who ride the CCC every year in honor of Christiana’s memory.
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