Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1984, Terry LaBan has coaxed a living from the hard and stony soil of professional cartooning. Beginning as a political cartoonist for the Ann Arbor News in the mid-'80s, LaBan gained national renowned as a member of the alternative comix elite with the publication of his comic book series, "Unsupervised Existence", by Fantagraphics Books in 1989. That series ran seven issues, and was followed with another, "Cud", in 1992.
After eight issues of "Cud", LaBan went over to Dark Horse Comics in 1995, where his third series "Cud Comics" ran another eight issues, till 1998.
Besides in his own books, LaBan's comics and cartoons have appeared in a vast number of magazines and anthologies over the years, including Blab, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine and Details.
Terry's been staff illustrator and political cartoonist for the alternative weekly "In These Times" from 1990 till the present. He also continues to work as an freelance illustrator and a writer for various comic book companies, most notably DC Comics and the European behemoth Egmont, which publishes books featuring Disney characters.
In 2001, King Features Syndicate syndicated "Edge City" a daily comic strip written and drawn by Terry and Patty LaBan.
From 2001 to 2015 he created the daily comic strip “Edge City,” which was syndicated by King Features Syndicate and appeared in newspapers nationwide.
Terry is currently a graphic recorder and facilitator and his company, Breakthrough Visuals, creates finished illustrations, explainer comics and infographics for businesses and organizations.
He also teaches as an adjuct
illustration instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.