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What do you use to make your comics?

Prior to about 2009, I was all about ink and paper, but I’m all pixels now. I use Manga Studio for 90 percent of what I do, with the rest being Adobe Photoshop (an almost unavoidable piece of software) and Corel Painter.

Why is your strip called “Heavenly Nostrils”? Wasn’t it originally called “Girl”?

During almost two years of development, the strip changed a lot, including its title.

Why such a weird title, then?

The phrase appears in a translation of the Iliad. But I got it from a unicorn name generator.

Are you ever going to do more Ozy and Millie?

Probably. I won’t ever do it as a daily strip again, but there are lots of other possibilities.

What about Raine Dog?

Less Likely. Raine Dog was a creation of a particular time in my life, and would be hard to revisit; it’s an orphaned project for the foreseeable future.

  83 comments for “F.A.Q.

  1. Rare Femare
    June 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Is there a chance if your unicorn strip does so well, you could make a TV series?

    • Dana
      August 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Anything’s possible! There is language about TV, movies, etc. in my contract, so it exists as a future possibility if the strip continues to do well.

      • Alissa Harrison
        October 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm

        I love unicorn books

  2. Azkyroth
    October 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    What happened to the idrewthis.org site?

  3. Dellya
    May 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I really hope you get to do Raine Dog someday. I liked both versions, and it was nice to see you finally stop playing it safe all the time. I know you got a lot of blowback, but that’s a good thing in my book.

  4. Paula
    October 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Dana! I grew up with Ozy and Millie, and I’d like to buy some books. Where can I order them? Take my money, please. 🙂

  5. DaWeb
    April 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    so um lolwat
    Hee hee :0)!

  6. Derpian
    January 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Ozzy and Millie sometimes seems to be influenced by zen/taoism (obviously).
    Is that your philosophy?

    • Dana Simpson
      January 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      It’s certainly something I respect, and have always been influenced by. I think my individual philosophy is harder than that to label.

  7. FanParent
    March 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Dana,
    My daughter handed me a sealed, self made envelope addressed to “The Author of Pheobe & her Unicorn.” Where should I send it?

    • Dana Simpson
      March 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Ooh, wonderful! That’d be PO Box 98512, Seattle, WA, 98198.

      • Melissa
        August 27, 2017 at 6:27 am

        Is That still a current address? My daughter wants to mail you a letter too. 💕

        • Dana Simpson
          September 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          I’ve relocated! It’s now PO Box 158, Goleta, CA, 93117. <3

          • Alicia G
            July 30, 2018 at 7:11 am

            My daughter made you something too. 🙂 Is this CA address still correct?

          • Dana Simpson
            December 11, 2018 at 7:41 pm

            It’s changed now, so check it again! It’s current on the site now!

  8. Ryan
    April 17, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Like most Americans, I have a hard time letting go of the things I loved growing up. Ozy and Millie was a big part of that, and it had the distinction of having one of the only two finales to make me cry 🙂 (Opus was the other.)

    Out of curiosity, when you say you wouldn’t try it again as a daily but might try something else, what was your reservation about going back to dailies?

    From a Portlander to a Seattleite, peace 🙂

  9. Fox
    May 24, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Hi, first, I’d like to thank you for all the wonderful work you’ve done. Seeing your comic in my local paper made me remember Raine Dog and Ozy and Millie. I was wondering, would you be willing to put back up the original Raine Dog? Also, I have a vague memory of some artwork being done of Millie when she’s older, looking similarly to her mother, but I can’t seem to recall where to find it. If you have the time, I’d be very appreciative of either, if not both, of these favors, and thank you in advance.

    • Dana Simpson
      May 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      I should dig up whatever art I’ve done of older Ozy and Millie and put that up as a blog post, because that would actually be a pretty interesting one.

      As for Raine Dog, people do ask me that sometimes. For a long time I resisted having it anywhere official online, just because, while there’s still a lot about it I like, I kind of regard it as a lesson in how not to write a graphic novel–I’m working on another project now, and what I learned about how you should actually do story outlines and plan ahead, I am applying there. Still, it is what it is and deserves to be seen. I should post it here as a pdf. Watch this space, I guess.

      • Fox
        May 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        Ok, thank you again for your consideration!

      • VGR
        July 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        Seems like artists are always their own harshest critics. Raine Dog never felt aimless to me. The tales of Raine’s development were truly compelling to read. I’d love to see the original story posted somewhere again.

  10. Steve
    July 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Dana! I always wanted to thank you for your work. I have followed your comics since Ozy and Millie when I was younger. Ozy and Millie was a major inspiration that helped shape me into the person I am today. I am happy to see you doing yet another great strip, with unicorns!

    I notice that bullying is an issue that comes up a lot in your comics, especially Ozy and Millie. I worked for years in public schools and I have seen first-hand how badly children who are “different” in any way can be bullied and how schools themselves will often do little about bullying. Was bullying something you experienced when you were a child? If so, do you feel like your work speaks to those, including children, who have experienced bullying too?

    • Dana Simpson
      July 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      That is a yes for me, and an even bigger yes for my husband. I got knocked around some; he got it a lot worse, and had a school administration that looked the other way or even sided with the bullies (I got that from individual teachers, but never from an entire administration). It’s something that can leave deep scars; I hope I’ve written some things that let kids who are suffering now know they’re not alone.