Sherm Cohen

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Sherm Cohen
Paul Sherman Cohen

(1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 53)
Alma materJoe Kubert School of Graphic Design
OccupationStoryboard Artist, Director, and Writer
Years active1994–present
Known forThe Ren & Stimpy Show, Hey Arnold!, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fish Hooks

Paul Sherman "Sherm" Cohen[1][2][3] (born January 19, 1965) is an American storyboard artist. During college, Cohen worked as a cartoonist for his local newspaper. He got his start in animation at Nickelodeon on The Ren and Stimpy Show as character layout artist, followed by a three-year stint on Hey Arnold! as storyboard artist and director.[2]


Cohen was a writer, artist, and letterer for Nickelodeon Magazine from 1996 until the magazine ceased operations in 2009. He contributed dozens of comic strips and cover art featuring Nicktoons characters.

In early 1998, Cohen was invited by Stephen Hillenburg to be part of the original SpongeBob SquarePants crew. Cohen spent the first season on the show as storyboard artist, writer, and director. He then moved up to Storyboard Supervisor for the next three seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants. Cohen also wrote the "F.U.N." and "Texas" songs for the show.

Cohen was also lead storyboard artist and a character designer on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Cohen described his time on SpongeBob to an interviewer by saying, "People often ask about what it was like working on SpongeBob, and it’s hard to give an answer that really captures the moment."[4] He has a character named after him, in the show SpongeBob SquarePants.

After the fourth season, Cohen left Nickelodeon to write and illustrate his first book for Walter Foster Publications, "Cartooning: Character Design".[5]

Cohen also began teaching classes in storyboarding at the Entertainment Art Academy in Pasadena, California. Some of this material was turned into an instructional DVD on how to storyboard called, "Storyboard Elements."[6] In December 2008, "Storyboard Elements" instructional DVD reached its 2nd edition and fourth pressing.

After working at Cartoon Network for a year, Cohen went to work at the Disney Television Animation, writing and drawing storyboards for Phineas and Ferb. After Phineas and Ferb's first season, Cohen returned to Nickelodeon for the first season of The Mighty B! as storyboard artist. In 2008, Cohen was back at Disney working on the second season of "Phineas and Ferb" as storyboard artist/writer. During this time, he also wrote some songs for the show: "X-Ray Eyes", "Bubble Gum", and "Aren’t You a Little Young?"

From 2009-2010, Cohen worked on Disney's Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil as storyboard supervisor, story editor, and director. In 2011, he received a nomination for a daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program".

Cohen created "Storyboard Secrets", a comprehensive DVD/online guide to storyboarding.[7][8]

From 2010-2013, Cohen worked on Disney's "Fish Hooks" as storyboard supervisor. The pet store owner character "Bud" on the show is a photo collage version of Sherm. He's also written the song "Earth Troll Rap" for the show.

During 2013-2014, Cohen worked on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water as sequence supervisor.

In January 2015, Cohen returned to work on the "SpongeBob SquarePants" show. His favorite SpongeBob character is Patrick Star.[9]



Year Film Notes
2003 My Life with Morrissey Storyboard Artist
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Lead Storyboard Artist/Character Designer
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Sequence Supervisor


Year Film Notes
1994-1995 The Ren and Stimpy Show Character Layout, Storyboard Revisions, and Model/Prop Designer
1995-2002 Hey Arnold! Storyboard Artist/Storyboard Director/Story Writer and Director
1998 The Amanda Show Art Director and Storyboard Artist
SpongeBob SquarePants Storyboard Supervisor (2000-2006, 2015-2016), Supervising Director (2016-present), Writer (1999-2000), and Storyboard Director (1999-2000)
2005-2006 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Storyboard Artist
2006 Bubble Guppies Character Designer
2007-2009 Phineas and Ferb Storyboard Artist/Writer
2008-2009 The Mighty B! Storyboard Artist
2009-2010 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Storyboard Supervisor, Story Editor, and Director
2010-2013 Fish Hooks Storyboard Supervisor


  • Cohen, Sherm (2006). Cartooning: Character Design. Irvine, CA: Walter Foster Publishing. ISBN 9781560109679.


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  2. ^ a b (Interview with Sherm Cohen 2006)
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  4. ^ "The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants," Hogan's Alley #17, 2009
  5. ^ (HT291 ISBN 156010967X (2006) Walter Foster Publications, Laguna Hills, CA)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-01-16.

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