Millionaire attended the Massachusetts College of Art in 1974 for four years. Until the age of 35, he made extra money by drawing people’s houses for about $50.00 a piece. Before achieving fame and fortune with Fantagraphics, he also did illustration work for The New York Press and The New Yorker, and animation for Saturday Night Live.
Tony Millionaire's comic strip, Maakies, enjoyed a popular run in newspapers across the country, from The Village Voice to The L.A. He has won numerous Eisner and Harvey Awards, including “Best Syndicated Strip” in 2004 and "Best Writer/Artist — Humor" in 2007.
Maakies has been collected in numerous volumes published by Fantagraphics. Other releases include his kid-friendly Sock Monkey and Billy Hazelnuts series, The Art of Tony Millionaire from Dark Horse Comics, and 500 Portraits.
Tony Millionaire lives in Pasadena, CA, with his wife, the actress Becky Thyre, and their two daughters.