About Dana

Dana Claire Simpson, a native of Gig Harbor, Washington, first caught the eyes of devoted comics readers with the internet strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn (originally known as Heavenly Nostrils), which is now syndicated in newspapers worldwide.

There are eight Phoebe and Her Unicorn book collections: Phoebe and Her UnicornUnicorn on a RollUnicorn vs. GoblinsRazzle Dazzle Unicorn, Unicorn Crossing, Unicorn of Many Hats, Unicorn Bowling, and The Unicorn Whisperer, and two graphic novels, The Magic Storm and Unicorn Theater. There’s also a board book, Today I’ll Be A Unicorn, and an activity book, Rainy Day Unicorn Fun.

Simpson’s books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. She lives with her spouse and her cat in Santa Barbara, California.

She is emailable at dcsimpson at gmail dot com. And if you prefer the old fashioned kind of letters, it’s PO Box 6347, Santa Babara, CA, 93160-6347. (She tries to answer fan mail, particularly from kids.)


  40 comments for “About Dana

  1. March 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Your comic strip is being added to the Fresno Bee. I am the reporter who will be doing a story on you to publish before the March 30 launch. Would you be available to chat this week? Need on ly about 15 minutes.
    Rick Bentley
    The Fresno Bee/McClatchy Wire Service
    (559) 441-6355

    • karen schramke
      February 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

      dear Marigold: Don’t miss today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day at the NASA site. NASA APOD. It is taken from deep inside the constellation of Monoceros, the Unicorn. I love you and your human. Desert Hag

      • Dana Simpson
        February 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm

        Is there a button here that says something stronger than “approve”?

        • July 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm

          Hey! I’m Clara! I love your book series, Phoebe and Her Unicorn! I’ve only read 3 books, but I still can see Phoebe and Marigold running through the woods! It’s a cute, creative, and intelligent series. It teaches kids a lot about unicorns too! After I read the first book, unicorns became a HUGE part of my life! (Not that I don’t care about them). Hope you read my comment. Sincerely, Clara Hollenbeck 🙂
          P.S. I can’t wait for Phoebe and Her Unicorn #8!!! 😉

          • Dana Simpson
            December 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

            If you’ve read #8 yet, I hope you enjoyed it!

        • July 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm

          Probably, Dana! 🙂

  2. September 4, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Dear Dana,

    Your cartoon about Phoebe and her Unicorn recently got published in the Conroe,TX Courier. I want to praise you for such a refreshing and wonderful piece of art. I love it!!

    Thanks so much,

    Denny Mulvey, Ph.D.

  3. Brendan Wood
    October 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Dana I’m a 13 year old and I just discovered your comics but I can say that I’m already a fan. I wish there was more Raine dog though because i love the idea of animals coexisting with us as smaller furrier humans. I would be honored to chat with a comic strip maker and widen my horizons on the battle field of art. Please respond. My email is Lastlivingdeadguy@yahoo.com. If you read my comment you’re awesome and thank you (usually people don’t respond for two reasons. Reason A: I’m to smart for my age. Reason B: That internet rumor about me.)

    • Dana Simpson
      November 8, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I’m always bad about emailing people if they don’t email me first, so…dcsimpson@gmail.com. 🙂

  4. Bob Gustafson
    January 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

    BOO! I got hooked on your daily comic strip, and the Chico, CA Enterprise Record dropped it. Come back!

  5. March 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Dana,

    Might you be interested in the prospect of literary representation into major trade publishing? To tell you a little bit about our literary agency, which closes more deals for authors than any other agency worldwide: tridentmediagroup.com

    Trident Media Group (TMG) is a prominent literary agency located in New York City that originally formed in 2000. TMG represents over 1,000 bestselling and emerging authors in a range of genres of fiction and nonfiction, many of whom have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers Lists and have won major awards and prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the P.E.N. Faulkner Award, the P.E.N. Hemingway Award, The Booker Prize, and the L.A. Times Book Award, among others. TMG is one of the world’s leading, largest and most diversified literary agencies.

    For more than ten consecutive years, TMG continues to rank number one for sales according to publishersmarketplace.com in North America. TMG is the only U.S. literary agency to consistently be in the top ten in both UK fiction and UK non-fiction and has ranked as highly as number one in UK fiction deals.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    All the best,


    Mark Gottlieb
    Literary Agent
    Trident Media Group, LLC
    41 Madison Avenue, Floor 36
    New York, NY 10010
    (212) 333-1506

    • Dana Simpson
      April 6, 2016 at 11:39 am

      I’m not presently seeking representation, but I shall keep you in mind if and when I am! Thank you for being interested.

  6. lisab
    April 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Dear Dana-
    I don’t usually do fan posts but I thought you might like to know how much my daughter, aged 6.5 in 1st grade, loves your Phoebe and Her Unicorn books. She has all 3 with the 4th on pre-order and has recently started giving them to her friends as birthday presents. She sleeps with them. She crumples them in her backpack and takes them to school so she can read during extension. She takes her turtle night light (with a purple led bulb) and reads them in bed . (I used to read in bed with a flash light, too, but I was like 14. She’s 6. She really should be sleeping.)

    My best friend, a guy who is into comics and graphic novels, has always said the way to get a kid to read is with comic books. This idea has been bouncing around my head for 20 or 30 years now. Then, when my daughter was one or two years old, I noticed that there were all of these geek guys who are into graphic novels becoming dads and they wanted to share their passion with their daughters. (I know the women are doing their part, but this is just what I saw.) Now there is this amazing renaissance of graphic novels for girls going on. I started buying them and sticking them on book shelves around the house. Maybe my daughter would find them some day. What she found was Phoebe and Her Unicorn. I’m not going to say that your books are teaching my daughter to read because that is untrue and unfair. She goes to a good school and they taught her to read in Kindergarten. She has assigned reading every night. Most of the stories are a drag. They are supposed to be interesting but they make me miss Dick and Jane. What my daughter gets from Phoebe and Her Unicorn is a LOVE of reading. Far more profound, really. So thank-you for giving a little girl a reason to love reading. I hope you have a great day!

    • Dana Simpson
      April 6, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Hearing that kind of stuff absolutely makes my day! Thank you so much for sharing! And please tell your daughter I said hello. <3

  7. Joanne Goodrich
    April 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I can barely read your text in Phoebe and her Unicorn because the bubble has purple ink with a light text. Can you ask your publisher to fix this? Or can you make sure the words are readable when you draw them?

  8. Jennifer Ching
    October 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Dana, thanks for visiting our school in Bellevue! Our students have a thank you note for you–what’s the best way to get it to you?

    • Dana Simpson
      October 7, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      It was a delight of course! My address is PO Box 158, Goleta, CA, 93116!

  9. October 31, 2016 at 12:48 am

    DANA – You are coming to my school on Nov. 15th – I’ll like to email you a few questions. Can you email so we can have a few exchanges?

    Thank you,

    Andrea Burke

  10. Ew I'm a Person
    November 16, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Hi, you came to my school today (MLC) and I was wondering if you’ve watched Sherlock?

    • Dana Simpson
      November 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Yep. I love Sherlock actually!

  11. Folami ogundare
    January 6, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Dear Dana-

    i am doing a book report on you tell me a little more about you, like favorite hobbies are or the most interesting thing that ever happened to you or your thoughts and feeling on writing

    love- all about the author response

    • Dana Simpson
      January 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Hmmmm! Okay…

      1. Favorite hobbies: well, I play the guitar and the saxophone, and I enjoy riding my bicycle around Santa Barbara (where I live currently).
      2. Most interesting thing that ever happened to me: I draw unicorns for a living, and that’s pretty interesting! Most of the most interesting stuff that’s happened to me has come from that, like getting to be friends with the author of my favorite book (“The Last Unicorn”) and having a local TV station in Seattle (where I used to live) come do a story about me.
      3. My thoughts and feelings on writing: that I could talk about all day. But I will say that so much of my writing is based on stuff that really happened to me, or thoughts I have, or things other people in my life tell me about. Writers don’t necessarily have more interesting lives than anybody else; we just pay attention to what’s interesting about life!

  12. Marina Narvaez
    January 7, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Dear Dana,
    As a matter of fact I have one of your books and mom got another one of them. Razzle dazzle unicorn, I believe
    it was called? Yes, probably. anyway, I am a fan and I’m probably not the only one, considering your website. Also we ( mama and me and maybe other people but, I think we’re the only ones) want you if possible to make a movie about Phoebe and her unicorn!
    -Marina Susana Narvaez (8 going on 9)
    P.S. I hope you got this!
    (I sent this through my mom’s email- and she helped me with the spelling)

    • Dana Simpson
      January 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Hope you enjoyed the books! There are four, right now–after March there will be five! I almost can’t believe there are so many.
      I’d love if we got to make a movie eventually. These things take a long time in Hollywood, but here’s hoping!

  13. David Jackson
    January 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I came across your Comic. Phoebe and her Unicorn on Go Comics and I really like it. Please Keep up the good work.

  14. Kerry
    August 13, 2017 at 11:37 am

    We were at Denver Comi Con, and my daughter was getting really bored. I promised her I would buy her a book to read while she sat through the “boring” panels. She picked “Phoebe and Her Unicorn.” Neither of us had heard of it before. She loved it so much, she pulled me out of a panel and had us run to the bookstore stand because a sign said the author would be there to sign books. She brought home three “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” books that day, and she treats them like treasures. She was so excited the author drew a unicorn in her book. Me and my husband ended up reading them and really loving them too. My mother now clips all the cartoons out of the paper to mail them to my daughter. I just want to say, great job creating such great comics. It was nice to meet you. The first thing my daughter wanted to know about Comi Con the next year was if Dana was going to be there again.

    • Dana Simpson
      September 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Didn’t get there this year of course, but I’m sure I’ll be back! Tell your daughter hi for me.

  15. Rebecca Barnes
    January 25, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    The Toothfairy brought the first book of Phoebe and Her Unicorn to my almost 7 year old, unicorn obsessed, pretty much able to read daughter. The 5 year old is equally enjoying it, but sadly, is obsessed with owls, not unicorns. (I know…not sure where I went wrong with that one…) The Toothfairy has to admit that she likes it as much as my daughters do! I was able to get books 1, 3, 4, and 5, but hopefully will be able to locate a book 2 before the kidlets realize there are more. I’ve…I mean, the Toothfairy has hidden them away, but I don’t think we can wait for my daughters to lose another tooth before we read the next book!

  16. Andrea Burke
    February 13, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Dana,

    You visited my school last year. My students love Phoebe and loved meeting you.

    I need to know if I may contact you by email or phone.

    I am wishing to speak with you about the controversial book, George by Alex Gino.

    We nominated it for OBOB – a reading program for kids in grades 3rd-5th, but we are getting a lot of negative feedback from some parents.

    Please email me so that I may ask you some questions and hear your opinions about this book.

    Thank you,

    • Dana Simpson
      December 12, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Sorry I didn’t notice at the time (I have to wade through large quantities of spam sometimes!) but if you still need my email: dcsimpson@gmail.com.

  17. April 7, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Dear Dana Simpson,

    We at allauthor are running a Cover of the Month Contest and we would like to invite you to participate with your latest book “Unicorn of Many Hats”. Click the link below for details in participating in the cover contest.


    Best Regards,
    Team AllAuthor

  18. September 20, 2018 at 8:01 am

    You need a professionally superperfect sparkle. Here it is.

    Science, which is NOT unicornville to be sure, unless i is Unicorn Science, discovered the nature of light in detail, all the way to the Planck action quantum. Now, the perfect sparkle, as you may know, comes from off of round supershiny objects like the tip of a unicorn horn.

    Science says that sparkles have two parts. There is a halo of needle-iike tiny pointed rays like * , and a surrounding concentric circular O-shaped pattern of waves or rings expanding together outward. The innumerable tiny rays are energy beams. The circles, like the waves surrounding drops of water falling onto the surface of a quiet pool, are momentum waves.

    You yourself have probably seen these in bright sunlight reflected off a chrome car bumber, er bumper.

    Scientifically, these two patterns have their duality-conjugates. Like, Phoebe wants a conjugate, or, like all little girls, a friend with TWO conjugates.

    The conjugate variable of energy is time. In light waves, the tiny quantity of energy’s conjugate is a short wavelength of time, the wave-time. The conjugate variable of momentum is wave-LENGTH. Now, my understanding these things is because I understand impossible amounts of real science, and my understanding of children is because my other used to draw cartoons for the ElMeCo Guide, a startup newspaper in Mesa, Washington where I grew up. My little brother was called Plooker. He was one of the starring models in the cartoon, also named, as I recall, Plooker.

    Now, I’m over seventy years old and loving it. I’m trying to figure out a way to live to be the age of Neptune’s orbit, which is way too far for little girls and unicorns to think yet. But Neptune’s year is 165 of our years.
    Do the math…

    Michael Grant Lewis
    Richland, WA

    The website address is an old one from Seattle, if it doesn’t work, I’m going to set up another one. I have not updated this one for almost a year.

    I read Phoebe and her Unicorn every morning

  19. Jennifer Merrett
    December 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I have a student who is a huge fan of your books. Do you have a mailing address that we can mail you a letter?


    Jenn Merrett
    Grade 3/4 Teacher
    George Bonner Elementary

    • Dana Simpson
      March 4, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      PO Box 6347, Santa Babara, CA, 93116!

  20. Claire Johnston
    January 30, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Dear Ms. Simpson,

    I read “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” in the Vancouver, Washington paper, “The Columbian.” Really enjoy the cartoon, and I always look at the other strips first because I want to save the pleasure of reading “Phoebe” for last. I must say that I miss the goblins, though. Any chance that another mythological creature might show up there, say a manticore? Sometimes I can imagine a griffin who is a bumbling but enthusiastic fellow who divebombs by mistake into Phoebe at times. Medieval beastiaries have a lot of imaginary critters who could be friends with Phoebe and Marigold.
    Anyway, appreciate the comic’s whiskey and fun!

    • Dana Simpson
      March 4, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      Oh, there’ll be more creatures. And we’re not entirely done with the goblins, either! Thanks for reading. <3

  21. Joe
    January 31, 2019 at 7:22 am
  22. March 8, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Hi Dana!

    We loveeeee your books at Charlie’s Corner Children’s Bookstore here in San Francisco! My coworker noticed that you will be in Palo Alto to read your new book, Ozy and Millie. We know you have a very busy schedule and these things are planned far in advance, so please pardon our intrusion—but if you’d like to visit us at Charlie’s while you are in the area we’d love to have you! We can also help offset any costs.

    Hope you have a wonderful day, and have a fabulous tour!



    • Dana Simpson
      March 23, 2019 at 5:55 pm


      I’m going to be in the Bay Area most of that week, so…feel free to email me! dcsimpson@gmail.com. Totally possible we could set something up.

  23. Lori Hannon-Theaker
    March 14, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Dear Dana,

    I have finally found the Phoebe and her Unicorn books and they’re delightful! The vocabulary is challenging, but you knew that because you added a GLOSSARY!! Kudos to smart authors everywhere that do that, even if it is a “fiction” book.
    I will be trying to get all of these in my Graphic Novel section of our tiny, elementary library.

    Waiting for more giggles,
    LoriAnn the Librarian

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