Derek Drymon

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Derek Drymon
Born 1968 (age 45–46)
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Education School of Visual Arts
Occupation Comedian, voice actor, television writer, storyboard artist, animator
Years active 1990–present

Derek Drymon (born 1968) is an American writer, storyboard artist, director, executive producer, and Supervising producer. He has worked on numerous animated cartoon productions of the 1990s and 2000s, best known for his work on Rocko's Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Adventure Time.

Personal-background[edit]

Drymon was born in Morristown, New Jersey, a small town in far northern New Jersey in 1968. He attended Jefferson Township, and Dover Public Schools as a child, and supposedly he enjoyed drawing and making comic books. Drymon graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1987.[1] He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York to become an illustrator. After college, he was recruited by Disney feature animation for their internship program. Upon finishing the program he returned to New Jersey and then on to California.

Early Nickelodeon years[edit]

Drymon was discovered by Nickelodeon in 1993. He moved to California to work as an animator for Nickelodeon. In 1993, Drymon also began working as a storyboard artist and writer for Rocko's Modern Life. It was here he met two of his future employers, Tim Hill and Stephen Hillenburg, Hill was a writer, Hillenburg a co-producer and storyboard artist. In 1997, Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants. Drymon performed many duties on SpongeBob, including being a writer on all episodes, then supervising director and producer, and eventually creative director. Drymon also worked on the Cartoon Network animated series Camp Lazlo. Drymon worked on Tim Hill's side project, the popular Kablam! skit Action League Now! as a storyboard artist. He also wrote the Emmy Award nominated episode of CatDog, "Doggone".

Current production[edit]

Drymon was an executive producer (with Fred Seibert) on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward for the show's first season. He was no longer credited on episodes starting with the second season. Drymon is now currently a storyboard artist at DreamWorks Animation.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
1994–1996 Rocko's Modern Life storyboard artist/writer
1996 Hey Arnold! storyboard artist
1998 CatDog storyboard director/writer
1999–2004 SpongeBob SquarePants creative director/supervising producer
2007 Diggs Tailwagger Creator/writer
2008 Camp Lazlo storyboard director
2010 Danger Planet Creator/writer (pilot)
2010 The Stockboys of the Apocalypse Creator/writer (pilot)
2010 Adventure Time executive producer

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Life with Morrissey Bad Comedian
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie The Screamer/Fisherman writer/storyboard/executive producer/sequence director
2008 Kung Fu Panda additional story artist
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens additional story artist
2010 Shrek Forever After additional story artist
Megamind special thanks
2011 Hop storyboard artist
Kung Fu Panda 2 additional story artist
Puss in Boots additional story artist
2013 Turbo Worker Snail #2/FAST Network Trackside Reporter story artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jennings, Rob. "Jefferson native, SpongeBob go way back: Cartoonist an executive producer for animated film", Daily Record, November 19, 2004. Accessed October 23, 2007. "But in Jefferson, Drymon is perhaps best remembered as an offensive guard and defensive tackle on the high school's state championship football team in 1986.... At Jefferson High School, when not playing football, Drymon was sketching comic books."

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