Phoebe and Her Unicorn

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn
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Author(s)Dana Simpson
WebsitePhoebe and Her Unicorn at GoComics
Current status/scheduleRunning
Launch dateApril 22, 2012 (as a webcomic)
March 30, 2015 (in newspapers)
Alternate name(s)Heavenly Nostrils
Syndicate(s)Universal Uclick/Andrews McMeel Syndication
Publisher(s)Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre(s)Humor, fantasy, children

Phoebe and Her Unicorn is a daily comic strip by American cartoonist Dana Simpson. Originally called Heavenly Nostrils, the strip debuted as a webcomic on April 22, 2012, in Universal Uclick's GoComics website.[1] It was later launched in more than 100 newspapers on March 30, 2015, under the current name.[2]

The strip begins when 9-year-old Phoebe Howell, a girl in the fourth grade, skips a rock across a pond and accidentally hits a unicorn in the face. Freed from her own reflection, the unicorn—named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils—gives Phoebe one wish, which she decides to use by making the unicorn her best friend.

Marigold, like all unicorns in the series, is experienced in magic. Through various "spellcraft", she is able to perform such feats as divert or redirect rain and send text messages and broadcast a Wi-Fi hotspot through her horn. However, her most frequently-used spell is "The Shield of Boringness", which causes humans to view her as nothing out of the ordinary and allows her to interact with them on a daily basis.


The design of the unicorns draws inspiration from Medieval depictions, including the series of tapestries entitled The Lady and the Unicorn and The Hunt of the Unicorn. Marigold is drawn with cloven hooves and a swan-shaped body.[3] The latter set of tapestries was referenced in the opening sequence of The Last Unicorn. Simpson has stated that the book was one of the inspirations for her comic strip.


Title Publication Date Dates Covered ISBN
Phoebe and Her Unicorn 2014 April 22, 2012 - November 18, 2012 ISBN 978-1-4494-4620-8
Unicorn on a Roll 2015 November 19, 2012 - June 16, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4494-4620-8
Unicorn vs. Goblins 2016 June 17, 2013 - November 25, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4494-7628-1
Razzle Dazzle Unicorn 2016 November 26, 2013 - August 7, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4494-7791-2
Unicorn Crossing 2017 September 30, 2014 - July 24, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4494-8357-9
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm 2017 Original content (graphic novel) ISBN 978-1-4494-8359-3
Unicorn of Many Hats 2018 July 25, 2015 - January 16, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4494-8966-3
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater 2018 Original content (graphic novel) ISBN 978-1-4494-8981-6
Today I'll Be a Unicorn 2018 Original content (board book) ISBN 978-1-4494-8999-1
Unicorn Bowling 2019 January 19, 2016 - August 7, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4494-9938-9
The Unicorn Whisperer 2019 tba ISBN 978-1524851965

In addition, a translation of the comic is published in Germany and Russia.



  1. ^ "Phoebe and Her Unicorn". GoComics. Universal Uclick. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Universal Uclick Launches Phoebe and Her Unicorn in more than 100 Newspapers Worldwide". Universal uClick. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ Simpson, Dana (May 2014). "How to draw Marigold". Dana Simpson's deviantArt account.
  4. ^ Simpson, Dana (October 10, 2015). "Winners of the Washington State Book Awards (2015)". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dana (October 10, 2015). "2016 PNBA Book Awards". Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Retrieved January 14, 2016.