Charlie Podrebarac was born in Kansas. He studied advertising journalism at the University of Kansas so that he could pursue his dream of becoming a comic artist. He got a job as art director at a local magazine, where he published his first cartoons. In 1984, his comic panel 'Cowtown' appeared in The Kansas City Star. He created his first comic strip, 'Smart Alex', in 1995. His newspaper comic strip 'Fat Cats' appears in several newspapers.