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Jay Lender
Jay Lender

(1969-06-14) June 14, 1969 (age 52)
Occupationwriter, storyboard artist, director, writer
Years active1994–present
Known forSpongeBob SquarePants
Phineas and Ferb
Hey Arnold

Jay Lender (born June 14, 1969 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States) is an American television writer, storyboard artist and director. He is a former writer and storyboard director for SpongeBob SquarePants. Previous to his work on SpongeBob, Lender designed and drew backgrounds for Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold!. He is the son of the founder of Lender's Bagels, Murray Lender.

Since leaving Nickelodeon, Lender has written scripts for video games with his writing partner Micah Wright, and continues to develop animated series concepts as well as drawing the occasional SpongeBob comic strip for Nickelodeon Magazine. Most recently, the duo worked together on Robocalypse, a real-time strategy game for the Nintendo DS.

Lender spent two years studying at the Rhode Island School of Design before transferring to CalArts where he specialized in animation. Lender has also directed two seasons of Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb.



Year Film Role Notes
1994 The Pagemaster additional special effects animator
1997 Loose Tooth in between artist
scene planner
special thanks
2001 Paper Clips creative consultant
2003 Wonderful Days writer
2016 They're Watching director and screenwriter


Year Film Role
1996 C Bear and Jamal storyboard artist
1996–1999 Hey Arnold! storyboard artist
layout designer
1997 The Angry Beavers storyboard artist
1999–2004 SpongeBob SquarePants writer
storyboard director
storyboard artist
2009-2012 Phineas and Ferb director

SpongeBob SquarePants episodes


Month Title Issue Story Publisher Notes
Jul. 2012 SpongeBob Comics #9 "Hold Still!" United Plankton Pictures Story
May 2015 #44 "The Secret of the Giant Pink Fuzzy Dice"
Jun. 2016 #57 "The Clarinet of Dr. Calamari"
Jul. 2016 #58 "Larry the Lobster (and Patrick) in: Crusoem Twosome"
Nov. 2016 #62 "Squidward's Mythological Madness"