On this day, 20 years ago, in 1999, Nickelodeon's most longest running Nicktoon debuted. May 1st, 1999 was the premiere of "Spongebob Squarepants".
While Spongebob isn't nearly my cup of tea, as much as Nickelodeon shows prior to this (My interest in Nickelodeon was fading at the time this show came on), I still felt very obligated to do draw this, not simply because of this show's milestone, but a more essential reason behind it.
Last November, the creator of Spongebob, Stephen Hillenburg passed away, and thinking about the joy his show brought to kids and adults worldwide made me want to deliver my praise to him for creating a show and franchise that generates happiness to others. I believe happiness is a fuel to motivate and encourage people to make our world a better, brighter place. Even small and simple joys can spark willingness to make the world better. The happiness generated by Spongebob may have motivated those to brighten up our society, and we have Mr. Hillenburg to thank for creating a show that can do that.
I created this fan art as a dedication to the late Stephen Hillenburg. It's a way for me to express my gratitude to him for creating something that brings joy to people of all types and all places.
This one's for you, Stephen! You'll always be remembered. Thank you, and godspeed!
Art by me
Spongebob (c) Nickelodeon
Cyan and Ralph (c) Me