Dana Simpson

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Dana Claire Simpson is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the syndicated comic strip Heavenly Nostrils, as well as the long-running web comic Ozy and Millie.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College, she was once a reporter for the Puyallup Herald, and did a stint as a graduate student in communication at Washington State University.[1] As an undergraduate, she was a finalist for the 1998 Scripps-Howard Foundation Charles M. Schulz College Cartoonist Award, and won the 1999 College Media Advisers award for Best Strip Cartoon.[2] Dana lives in Auburn, Washington with her husband David Brodbeck.[3]

Her other comics include the political commentary cartoon I Drew This and the alternate reality drama Raine Dog.


A comic artist from an early age,[4] Simpson's first published comic strip – early web comic Ozy and Millie – began running regularly in 1998. The strip centered on Ozy (an arctic fox) and Millie (a red fox) as they and their friends dealt with everyday elementary school issues and more surreal situations. Ozy and Millie won the 1999 College Media Advisers award for Best Strip Cartoon, the 2002 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards for Best Anthropomorphic Comic and the Ursa Major Award for both "Best Anthropomorphic Other Work" for 2002 and for "Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip" for 2006 and 2007.[5] The final regular strip was published on December 23, 2008.

Cover of I Drew This vol 1 showing the main characters
I Drew This volume 1: Insert title here

Simpson's second published comic strip, I Drew This, was primarily about politics and proudly admits to its liberal orientation. It is somewhat autobiographical, in that one of the main characters is the author (the other is Joe, the Liberal Eagle)[6] and its focus is often the author's own musings.

I Drew This began life in the Washington State University Daily Evergreen in January 2004, while Simpson was attending graduate school. Like Ozy and Millie, this comic is part of the webcomics portal Keenspot, beginning November 2006. Material from I Drew This was included in Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists. The May 16, 2005 edition, "Teaching Gravity", featured the first reference to the theory of intelligent falling.[7]

On January 16, 2009, Simpson posted the first page of Raine Dog, a graphic novel which follows an anthropomorphic dog living among humans with other recently liberated house dogs. The most recent update was in January 2010.[8]

Simpson's third comic strip, Girl, was the winner of Amazon.com's "Comic Strip Superstar" contest.[9] The winner was to receive a publishing contract from Andrews McMeel Universal.[10] The strip's launch was somewhat delayed; according to Simpson, this was imposed by the syndicate due to its reluctance to launch two "talking animal" strips at the same time, as well as its request for further edits.[11]

This last strip was completely retooled and re-imagined as Heavenly Nostrils,, which is about a nine-year-old girl named Phoebe and her best friend who happens to be a magical unicorn.[12] Heavenly Nostrils, was scheduled to debut on GoComics April 23, 2012,[13] but debuted a day early on April 22, 2012.[14] An anthology of the strips to date were published as Phoebe and her Unicorn: The Heavenly Nostrils Chronicles in 2014.[15] Simpsons has announced that the comic will go into printed syndication starting in 2015, with the title of the strip to be changed to Phoebe and her Unicorn.


  1. ^ Simpson, Dana. "Unofficial Bio". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ El Santo (2010-01-29). "The Webcomic Overlook #106: Raine Dog". Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Raine Dog: Creator's corner". Keenspot. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  4. ^ "About Dana Simpson". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  5. ^ El Santo (2010-01-29). "The Webcomic Overlook #106: Raine Dog". Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  6. ^ Simpson, D.C. "I Drew This, Wednesday, September 22, 2004". Retrieved 7 July 2012. Hi! I'm Joe, the Liberal Eagle. 
  7. ^ Simpson, D.C. (May 16, 2005). "Teaching Gravity". I Drew This. Keenspot. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Simpson, D. C. (2009-01-16). "1. The Smell of the City". Raine Dog. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  9. ^ "Comic Strip Superstar". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  10. ^ [Staff] (August 18, 2009). "Amazon and Andrews McMeel Universal Announce First Comic Strip Superstar Competition". The Wall Street Journal. 
  11. ^ Simpson, D.C. (November 2, 2010). "Status report". Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Simpson, Dana. "Heavenly Nostrils". GoComics. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Simpson, D.C. (April 5, 2012). "The 23rd". Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Simpson, D.C. (April 22, 2012). "In stealth, we have begun!". Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Simpson, Dana (2014). Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle. Andrews McMeel. ISBN 1449446205. 

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