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For over 25 years. Gary Hovland’s traditional pen & ink and watercolor illustrations have appeared in the nation’s most acclaimed magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, W magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.


In his absurdly funny compilation of scantily-clad historical and cultural icons, THE END IS NEAR - DRAWINGS WITH THE ‘BEHIND IN MIND,’ Gary brings together sophistication and farce to create a laugh-out-loud classic!  From Emperor Gluteus Maximus, to The Dixie Cheeks to President Donald J. Rump, this is a delightfully original collection of Hovland’s humorous pen and ink drawings paired with brief, witty descriptions. Did you know that General George A. Keister ‘had his butt handed to him’ at the battle of Little Big Horn? Or that the Egyptian boy-king Buttinkommen was known as King Butt? Have you heard of the 1970’s sitcom about a ‘cheeky’ blended family of ‘young hams’? You’re correct if you answered The Brady Butts!

Did I say this was a funny book? Yes - you’ll laugh your butt off!

In addition to his magazine and newspaper illustrations, Gary has illustrated

several books including That Reminds Me of a Joke: outrageous news stories

that echo our favorite jokes, written by Andy Simmons (The Reader's Digest

Association, Inc., 2015); The Goldfish and the Chandelier, written by

Casey Kesterson (published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, 

2012); If The Walls Could Talk - Family Life in the White House, written by

Jane O'Connor (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004); and

Krindlekrax, written by Philip Ridley (Alfred A Knopf, 1992). If The Walls 

Could Talk won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award for 2004.

Gary is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, where

he later returned as an instructor for an undergraduate course in "Humorous


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