Derek Drymon

Derek Drymon
Born Derek David Drymon
(1968-11-19) November 19, 1968
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Education School of Visual Arts
Occupation Comedian, voice actor, television writer, storyboard artist, animator
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Nancy Moscatiello
Children Vera Drymon
Hazel Drymon
Parent(s) David Drymon
Madeline Drymon
Relatives Jennifer Ayers (sister)

Derek David Drymon (born November 19, 1968) is an American writer, storyboard artist, television 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.


Drymon was born in Morristown, a small town in far northern New Jersey to parents David E. Drymon (born November 30, 1944) and Madelina A. (née Licciardiello; June 7, 1946-June 29, 2007). He has a sister named Jennifer Dare Ayers (née Drymon; born 1972). 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

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

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 working at DreamWorks Animation.

Personal life

Drymon is married to Nancy (née Moscatiello) and have given birth to two daughters, Vera (born 1998) and Hazel (born 2001).



Year Title Notes
1994–1996 Rocko's Modern Life storyboard artist/writer
1996 Hey Arnold! storyboard artist/director
1996-2000 KaBlam! storyboard artist
1998 CatDog storyboard director/writer
1999–2004 SpongeBob SquarePants creative director (1999-2004)/writer (1999)/storyboard artist (1999)/supervising producer (2002-2004)
2007 Diggs Tailwagger Creator/director/writer/executive producer (pilot)
2008 Camp Lazlo writer/storyboard director
2010 Danger Planet Creator/writer (pilot)
2010 The Stockboys of the Apocalypse Creator/writer (pilot)
2010 Adventure Time executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Life with Morrissey Bad Comedian
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie The Screamer/Fisherman writer/storyboard artist/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
Night of the Living Carrots storyboard artist
2013 Turbo Worker Snail #2/FAST Network Trackside Reporter story artist
2014 Penguins of Madagascar head of story
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water writer, "Squeeze Me"
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 story artist



  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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