Dana Claire Simpson grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, drawing the entire time. She eventually graduated from The Evergreen State College, despite having spent all her time drawing, and not always for credit. Attempts at doing real work along the way are hardly worth mentioning; the relevant fact is that, from 1998 to 2008, she drew the internet comic strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the Amazon-sponsored Comic Strip Superstar Contest in 2009, Universal Uclick signed her to a development deal for Heavenly Nostrils, which was later renamed Phoebe and Her Unicorn. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her tech genius husband and her fairly stupid cat.
"If there's still a hole in your comics-reading life where Calvin & Hobbes used to go, you may find that Phoebe and Her Unicorn helps fill that hole, at least a little." (GeekDad) "...my favorite book of the year..." (Damon Caporaso, BSC Kids) "Simpson easily straddles the line between kid and adult humor-another way in which these books recall the heyday of Calvin and Hobbes-and as I read this to my daughter over a series of bedtimes, we both laughed aloud many times." (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing)