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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Terry Laban

Every day in June I featured the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they were picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!

I ended up with more suggestions than there were days in the month, so enjoy a few BONUS installments!

The fourth bonus installment is the pick of Alex Robinson, the acclaimed writer/artist of Box Office Poison, Tricked and his most recent work, Too Cool To Be Forgotten. If you’ve been following this blog at all, you’ll notice that Robinson is quite appreciated here. Here is his website.

Alex’s pick is Terry Laban.

Laban first came to national attention in the late 80s/early 90s, when his series Unsupervised Existence was published by Fantagraphics.

Laban drew a lot of acclaim, but the book wasn’t exactly a huge hit, sales-wise, so he began a new series for Fantagraphics called Cud.

He then took Cud to Dark Horse in the late 90s.

Laban did some writing work on a neat Vertigo mini-series that I don’t believe has ever been reprinted, the Unseen Hand.

More recently, he has spent most of his time on his syndicated comic strip, Edge City, which he draws and co-writes with his wife, Patty.

As you can see, Laban has a interesting mix of classic Dan DeCarlo mixed with 70s indie comix sensibilities.

But he’s a wonderful storyteller.

He also worked as a political cartoonist for years.

You can see many more samples of his work at his very nice website here.

Thanks to Alex for the pick!


I haven’t read Laban’s other work, but I love Eno & Plum. It’s nice to see some folks still doing humorous comics for adults in the underground comix style.

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 5, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I remembered where I had seen Terry Laban’s name, GRENDEL TALES: THE DEVIL MAY CARE wher he was the writer, not the artist.

‘less it’s not the same person.

Man, I miss books like Cud.
If there were more stuff like this still around, and Love And Rockets wasn’t down to being bloody ANNUAL, and Bagge and Clowes still put stuff out with anything resembling regularity, and people like J.R. Williams hadn’t stopped producing (Woodring pretty much gave up on the field too, didn’t he?) my “vacation” from the superhero mainstream might still be going on today.

And Muktuk got a Vertigo miniseries, written by Terry but not drawn by him, as I recall. What a fantastic talent he is. I’m glad he’s keeping busy but I do miss his Cud stuff.

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