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 over 200 newspapers worldwide.

There are six Phoebe and Her Unicorn book collections: Phoebe and Her UnicornUnicorn on a RollUnicorn vs. GoblinsRazzle Dazzle Unicorn, Unicorn Crossing, and Unicorn of Many Hats, 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 husband 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 158, Goleta, CA, 93116. (She tries to answer fan mail, particularly from kids.)




  25 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”?

  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!

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