“SpongeBob” Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57

Damn, what a loss.  I remember watching the very first episode of SpongeBob. At the time, I wasn’t a fan.

Over the next few years, it became one of the shows that my brother and I would watch his kids. Even got my dad interested – something that had happened since “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Ren & Stimpy,” or “Aaaah, Real Monsters” had been on.

To say that the show paved the way for so many animators, storytellers, and—frankly—meme connoisseurs is an understatement in the least.

RIP, Captain.