Lonnie Millsap’s cartooning career began in 2010 when he released a self-published volume of his single panel cartoons titled ‘My Washcloth Stinks!’. Art from the book was placed in a year-long exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum called What Makes Us Smile?, curated by Gary Panter and Matt Groening.
In 2016 Lonnie Millsap won the Los Angeles National Cartoonists Society Dingy Award and the Comic Art Professional Society’s Don Rico award. He competed in the 2017, 2018, and 2019, Wondercon Quick Draw competition against Sergio Aragones. In 2018, Millsap was a special guest at SDCC, nominated for a Reuben Award, and had his first New Yorker cartoon appear in the magazine. He was nominated again for a Reuben Award in 2019 and had one his cartoons appear in the final print issue of Playboy Magazine.
During the pandemic, in 2020, Millsap suspended releasing new books and focused his energy on submitting to the New Yorker. As of 2022 his work has appeared in the magazine over thirty times. Millsap was also the character designer for Donny Hathaway’s Official animated ‘This Christmas’ music video. It was released by Warner Records and has well over two million views. His work has also appeared in season one and two of Keith Knight’s television show, Woke. Millsap’s latest cartoon book release is titled Hit It To The Mermaid! (2022).
Millsap’s comic, titled bacön, is syndicated by Andrews McMeel/Universal Uclick and runs three times weekly on gocomics.com/bacon. Millsap is the current driver of a Dodge Challenger, and he never misses a three-pointer.