Dan McGuiness grew up in Flagstaff Hill, south of Adelaide. When he was growing up, Dan did not want to be a writer or an illustrator. In fact, Dan never wanted to do anything but play video games and watch cartoons.

Dan could draw in primary school. It’s how he made friends. By high school he had forgotten about drawing and just concentrated on teenage things … like girls.

After completing year 12 he got a factory job. After four morale-killing years of that he decided he was going to quit and start to live life.

Dan started up a skateboarding company with some friends and got a diploma in Interactive Multimedia followed but a Certificate 4 in Screen. He worked on some feature films and put out three successful skateboard videos. He has also worked as a wedding video editor, as well as shooting and editing video clips for local bands.

Dan’s love of comics began when he got a job with a local comic shop. It was there that he started to draw comics about his colleagues and the daily happenings in the store.

Dan has exhibited in a number art exhibitions, including many focused on comic art.

These days, Dan spends his time playing video games, watching cartoons and creating children’s books.

To book Dan for workshops or meet-the-author sessions in South Australia, contact:
Literary Booking Agent, Carole Carroll
ph: (08) 8376 4662
fax: (08) 8376 1162
email: c.carroll@internode.on.net

11 responses

  1. Nick Burton

    Hi Dan,

    I LOVE your book Pilot & Huxley!

    I am doing a book report about it for school and need to know your birthdate for the bio. I have got some information off your website, but don’t know your birthdate. Can you please tell me?

    From your fan,
    Nick Burton (aged 10)
    Brisbane, Qld.

    January 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

    • Hi Nick.

      My Birthday is 18/02/78.

      All the best with your report :D


      January 30, 2012 at 7:25 am

  2. Mel and the year threes

    To Dan,
    You are the best drawer in the world! We think they are very creative and we enjoyed making Phillip the duck dinosaur with jelly arms with you :) We are looking forward to starting our own graphic novels and comics.
    You have inspired us!
    From Miss Smith’s year 3 class at Ceduna Area School

    March 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

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  4. pat

    Your books are great

    February 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm

  5. Justin Calverley


    How come your 3rd Pilot and Huxley book is not available in Canada? Loved your first two books, but can’t find the 3rd one.


    May 26, 2014 at 1:06 am

  6. Molly

    Hello Dan,

    My son absolutely adores the Pilot and Huxley books. He’s just turned 8, and like you really only likes reading comics (and graphic novels), playing video games, and watching cartoons. I can relate (he’s my son after all!), but there’s a problem here…. we live in the United States, and it’s next to IMPOSSIBLE to find your Pilot and Huxley books here!! He’s got the first book which we were lucky enough to get via the scholastic book fair last year, and he’s read it so many times it’s practically falling apart. We were fortunate enough to find a decent copy of “The Next Adventure” on ebay for less than $30.00 shipped.

    Now we’re having the hardest time trying to find the 3rd book, “Pilot and Huxley vs Planet Arpros” that will ship to the US that won’t cost us an arm and a leg….can you by any chance point us in the right direction? I would be forever grateful, as we just absolutely adore you and your books. :) Thanks for taking the time out to read our little plea here, and I totally understand if there isn’t much you can do about our little situation.

    Keep being amazing at what you do, and keep on living the dream.

    Much kudos,

    Molly and Trevor

    January 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

  7. hey dan i love your books! i am researching you for school and i need to know what inspired you to become a cartoonist?

    from george

    June 19, 2015 at 2:26 am

    • Hi George.

      All things that I love inspire me. Movies, Anime, Video games and comics all give me inspiration.

      June 23, 2015 at 5:18 am

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