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The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom

Written by: Jerry Beck


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This lavish coffee table book delivers an eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at the creation of SpongeBob and all the hard work and creativity that have gone into making him one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. Featuring in-depth interviews with the cast and crew who bring Bikini Bottom to life, The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience will also include a treasure trove of SpongeBob concept artwork and other rare and revelatory visuals that will make it an absolute delight for fans.

Delving into the creation of each of the beloved characters like never before and featuring early sketches, concepts, and other material that sheds new light on the creative vision behind SpongeBob, this is the ultimate book on a true icon of animation. The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience also presents a wealth of fun inserts, pullouts, and other surprises, creating a truly interactive experience that takes fans into SpongeBob’s world like never before.

Editorial Reviews “Animation expert and historian Jerry Beck takes everyone’s favorite sponge as seriously as possible, and that’s what makes The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience such a great book. Sure, there are fun things for the kids in there, but it’s the history and storytelling about the making of one of this generation’s great cartoons that makes it a must-buy.”

Fred Entertainment: “Both a behind-the-scenes journey through the development of Stephen Hillenburg’s creation and a compilation of development artwork and ephemera, it’s a worthy purchase for any fan.”

About the Author

Jerry Beck is the author of over fifteen books on animation history. He writes about classic cartoon characters at and blogs about modern animation at A former studio executive with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney TV, Beck currently teaches animation history at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA, where he lives.


IPPY Award: 2014 - GOLD for Popular Culture