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Cartoonist Charlie Podrebarac shares his favorite ‘Cowtown’ strips

Inspired by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” Also made into a popular print. You may have seen it on a label for a barbecue rub produced in Kansas City in partnership with Joe’s Kansas City and Cowtown Barbecue Product LLC.
Inspired by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” Also made into a popular print. You may have seen it on a label for a barbecue rub produced in Kansas City in partnership with Joe’s Kansas City and Cowtown Barbecue Product LLC. Charlie Podrebarac

It has been an honor and pleasure to have produced “Cowtown” for the Kansas City Star since June of 1984.

Through the years, I have worked with many talented editors, writers and art directors and consider them friends and co-workers even though I have always been a freelancer operating outside of 18th and Grand.

“Cowtown” was hatched as a cartoon that might tweak Kansas Citians and trick them into reading a comic that often took place in KC or had the city as its background. Over the years, “Cowtown” has highlighted the Kansas City fountains, the arts, the seasonal events, sports teams and all things barbecue (backyard barbecues, barbecue restaurants, barbecue contests, barbecue sauce, barbecue newbies and snobs).

I’ve always considered “Cowtown” an affectionate term, as it gives a nod to our great agricultural heritage of trading grain and moving livestock. KC is my hometown, and this little rectangle has afforded me the opportunity to meet and mingle with my readers as the “Cowtown” guy.

“Cowtown” will continue, and I will find it a new home. Meanwhile, you’re all welcome to find me at GoComics.com/Cowtown. Thank you all, and we’ll meet again!

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