David Horvath

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David Horvath with Uglydolls.

David Horvath (May 28, 1971 [1]) is an American illustrator, comics artist, toy designer and author best known for co-creating the Uglydoll characters as well as the world they inhabit, The Uglyverse, with his wife, Sun-Min Kim. The toy line began in 2001 with a single plush toy called Wage, hand sewn by his sweetheart and creative partner, Sun-min Kim for David as a gift, and grew into an award-winning brand loved by all ages around the world. Kim and Horvath were later married.

Along with the highly successful plush Uglydoll line, he is also the author and illustrator of 12 Uglydoll books, and the Bossy Bear series of children’s books. His books have been reprinted in Korean, Japanese, and Spanish.


Parsons The New School For Design


David Horvath and Sun-min Kim are the creators of multiple characters and toy lines including:

  • Uglydoll
  • Bossy Bear, Bissy Bear, and Turtle
  • Crocadoca
  • Noupa
  • Littlebony
  • Choco and Minty
  • Roller the Reindeer
  • Dunnys with Kidrobot
  • Kaiju including:
  • Super Puncher
  • Power Mister
  • Pounda and Chu Chu
  • My Friend Dave

Noupa is a heroic garbage man who organizes a small underground movement against the evils of Super 7.5 robots in a struggle of nature VS commerce. The Noupa world includes 21 characters. In the early 2000s, Flying Cat produced these 21 characters as vinyl figures which were distributed by Critterbox. Five of the figures were limited releases exclusive to toy shows. Collectors refer to the entire series of characters as "Noupa".


A full feature animated Uglydoll film is currently in development with STX Entertainment.


  • Toy Of The Year Award by Toy Industry Association
  • Oppenheim Best Toy Award
  • Parent's Choice Approved Award


  • How to Draw Ugly (2006)[2]
  • Bossy Bear (2007)[3]
  • Guide to the Uglyverse (2008)[4]
  • Ugly Guide to Things To Things That Go and Things That Should Go But Don't (2008) [5]
  • The Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way (2009)[6]
  • Just Like Bossy Bear (2009)[7]
  • Chilly Chilly Ice-Bat (2009)[8]
  • 1 2 3 4 U (2009)[9]
  • ABC U Later (2009)[10]
  • Ugly Guide to Eating Out and Keeping It Down (2010)[11]
  • Ugly Colors (2010)[12]
  • Babo's Cookie Problem (2011)[13]
  • What Dat? (2011) [14]
  • Uglydoll: SHHHHHHH (2013) Comic Book [15]
  • Uglydoll: Goin' Places (2013) Comic Book [16]


  1. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G2-3273400071.html
  2. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-draw-uglydoll-david-horvath/1112221964?ean=9781560109914
  3. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bossy-bear-david-horvath/1100554788?ean=9781423103363
  4. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ugly-guide-to-the-uglyverse-sun-min-kim/1008767909?ean=9780375842757
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Ugly-Guide-Things-Uglydoll-Books/dp/0375843701
  6. ^ "The The Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way". barnesandnoble.com. Barnes and Noble. Retrieved June 5, 2018. 
  7. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-like-bossy-bear-david-horvath/1100558181?ean=9781423110972
  8. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chilly-chilly-ice-bat-david-horvath/1009093252?ean=9780375845079
  9. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1-2-3-4-u-david-horvath/1014760864?ean=9780375853449
  10. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abc-u-later-david-horvath/1014762003?ean=9780375853432
  11. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ugly-guide-to-eating-out-and-keeping-it-down-david-horvath/1100336312?ean=9780375864339
  12. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ugly-colors-david-horvath/1020981686?ean=9780375857294
  13. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/babos-cookie-problem-david-horvath/1103675636?ean=9780375854293
  14. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-dat-the-great-big-ugly-doll-book-of-things-to-look-at-search-for-point-to-and-wonder-about-david-horvath/1111570909?ean=9780375864346
  15. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uglydoll-travis-nichols/1115893434?ean=9781421557236
  16. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uglydoll-travis-nichols/1115717388?ean=9781421555225


Fan sites[edit]

Notable websites and photo galleries created by fans of David Horvath: