Jimmy Johnson was born in Lanett, Alabama and studied journalism at Auburn University. He was employed as newspaperman and editorial cartoonist and received the Kennedy Journalism Award for his editorial cartoons for The Jackson Daily News. Johnson is the creator of the popular newspaper comic strip 'Arlo & Janis'.
The family strip about, about Arlo, Janis and their son Gene was first syndicated to newspapers by NEA in July 1985. Johnson's daily gags regulary explore themes like sexual attraction, stereotypical gender differences and politics, but are mostly humorous observations of modern American family life. Johnson lives and works in Pass Christian, Mississippi.