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Sam Henderson (born October 18, 1969; age 52) is a former SpongeBob SquarePants crew member. Outside of SpongeBob, he is best known for his adult-alternative comic book series Magic Whistle as well as his comic strip Scene But Not Heard, which was featured in every issue of Nickelodeon Magazine during its initial run.


Sam Henderson is an American cartoonist, writer, and expert on American comedy history. He has been self-publishing xeroxed minicomics since 1980. In the mid-to-late 1980s, he drew and published a comic called Captain Spaz with his friend Bobby Weiss. The series ended in 1988 since he was busy in college. In college, he drew a new series of minicomics featuring a character known as Monroe Simmons.

In 1993, he began publishing his best-known title, The Magic Whistle, now published by alternative comics. Also in 1993 he began the wordless comic strip "Scene But Not Heard," starring a pink man and a red bear, in Nickelodeon Magazine.

In its review of Magic Whistle: Bigger, Larger and Bigger! the San Antonio Express-News wrote that Henderson's "crude, blobby little scratchings are some of the funniest junk being turned out." Henderson was nominated for the Harvey Award's Special Award for Humor every year from 1999 to 2004. Henderson also served on the Ignatz Award jury in 2001.

In 2005, Henderson worked as writer, storyboard artist, and director of "Parents Day," a season-two episode of Camp Lazlo.

Henderson currently lives in his hometown of Woodstock, New York.



Episode Credits
Season 3
41b - "SpongeGuard on Duty" writer, storyboard director
43a - "Just One Bite" writer, storyboard director
45a - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" writer, storyboard director
47b - "Can You Spare a Dime?" writer, storyboard director
48b - "Squilliam Returns" writer, storyboard director
49b - "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" writer, storyboard director
53b - "Clams" writer, storyboard director
57b - "The Camping Episode" writer
58b - "Plankton's Army" writer, storyboard director
List of episode credits


Comic strip(s) Credit(s)
SpongeBob Comics No. 4
SpongeBob and Patrick Make a Funny Face writer, artist
SpongeBob Comics No. 12
Yacht to Know writer
SpongeBob Comics No. 54
Fryer Follies writer, artist
SpongeBob Comics No. 55
Mermaid Man at Home writer
SpongeBob Comics


  • Sam Henderson has only worked on season 3.
  • "The Camping Episode" is the only episode he wrote where he is not a storyboard director.
  • An interview with Sam Henderson on SpongeBuddy Mania claimed that he doesn't have a favorite episode.[1] He stated that all of the episodes are good for their own reasons. However, this question was asked to him back when there was only the first 3 seasons in late 2003/early 2004.


Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)

Nominees: Sean Dempsey, Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Sam Henderson, Stephen Hillenburg, Jay Lender, Mark O'Hare, Kent Osborne, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "New Student Starfish"/"Clams," 2003)Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Stephen Hillenburg, Kent Osborne, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt (for "Ugh," 2004)Mike Bell, C.H. Greenblatt, Stephen Hillenburg, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty"/"Shell of a Man," 2005)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Stephen Hillenburg, Tom King, Dani Michaeli, Chris Mitchell, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Bummer Vacation"/"Wigstruck," 2007)Steven Banks, Charlie Bean, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Chris Reccardi, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "The Inmates of Summer"/"The Two Faces of Squidward," 2008)

Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Animated Programs

Nominees: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Dear Vikings," 2009)

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program

Nominees: Luke Brookshier, Dina Buteyn, Nate Cash, Stephen Hillenburg, Doug Lawrence, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart and Paul Tibbitt (for "That Sinking Feeling," 2011)Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Kyle McCulloch, Jennie Monica, Jack Pendarvis, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Company Picnic," 2016)Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica, Adam Paloian, Alan Smart, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Plankton Paranoia," 2019)

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)Stephen Hillenburg, Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller and Jennie Monica (2018)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2018)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2020)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for an Animated Program

Nominees: D.J. Lynch, Justin Brinsfield, Ryan Greene, Manny Grijalva, Jeff Hutchins and Aran Tanchum (2020)