Rinky dink (LA Times, 1 June 2008)
Mimi Pond enjoyed drawing as a child. She studied in art school, but never graduated. Her graphic influences are Aubrey Beardsley, Hillary Knight, Louise Fitzhugh, Robert Crumb, MK Brown, Aline Kominsky, Tina Fey, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, Lynda Barry and Amy Poehler. She sold her first comics to National Lampoon, while working as a waitress. In 1982, she moved to New York City. Just when she was about to fall broke she received an offer from Dell Books to make a comic strip based on the success of Frank Zappa's novelty song 'Valley Girl' (1982). The book 'The Valley Girl's Guide to Life' became a bestseller and launched her career.
From that moment on, she published several other humour books, including 'Secrets of the Powder Room' (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983), 'Shoes Never Lie' (Berkley Books, 1985), 'A Groom of One's Own' (Dutton, 1991) and 'Splitting Hairs' (Simon and Schuster, 1998). Her work has been published in The Village Voice, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. In 2014 she published a graphic novel, 'Over Easy', which looks back at her early years as a waitress in California.
Pond also wrote scripts for several TV series, including 'Designing Women' (1986-1993), 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' (1986-1990) and the pilot episode of Matt Groening's 'The Simpsons': 'Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire' (1989). She is married to artist Wayne White.