Bob ran this weekly strip at work. It started as a few isolated cartoons
and progressed to a regular strip that ran for nearly a year.
All Cowz cartoons are Copyright © 1999-2000, Bob Freeman
The first cow cartoon. An old joke. July
A bunch of cow cartoons inspired by greek
myths and a movie about a guy in the jungle. July 1997.
A bunch of really bad sea puns with
cows. Prepare to groan. July 1997
Here are some of the cartoon strips from work. Many of the jokes revolve
around life in a software company. Each of the cows corresponded to specific
individuals on the software team. For some of them, there are explainations
for those who are not geeks like the cartoonist. The missing ones were
inside jokes with no general appeal.
Field guides. These show all the individual cows and who they corresponded
to. Go here and here.
|Cowz 1 Code cutoffs are deadlines
when the software has to be done
|Cowz 3 Bugs are problems in the software.
||Cowz 4 The hotspot code is a particularly
complex and dreaded part of the software.
|Cowz 7 Recorders are the notetakers
||Cowz 9 Microsoft issues logos to
software makers whose products meet certain specifications. The marketing
people eat it up when they can say we have a particularly important
|Cowz 11 Ivan was the one who worked
on the parts of the software that handled the Japanese language characters.
|Cowz 14 Anyone who has attended
a trade show and listened to a boring presentation just to get the
free giveaway will understand this one.
||Cowz 15 Anyone who has worked with
developers knows they hate to write product specifications.
|Cowz 19 Time to pick features
||Cowz 21 This one was inspired by
a particularly challenging programming related class.
||Cowz 24 This one featured Ian as
a cow. He is the little cow in the corner with the changing Star Wars
spot. He was really into Star Wars at the time.
|Cowz 25 We localize our products
into French, German and Japanese.
||Cowz 28 Inside joke, but some general
|Cowz 29 This was when a programmer
transitioned from a group in the company who's mascot was a rubber
chicken into our group.
||Cowz 34 Negotiations with the "Evil
Emipre" are challenging.
|Cowz 35 Bob drew this one a little
at a time on a whiteboard in the hallway. As the code cutoff approached,
one of the cows was running around building the bleachers and guillotine.
On the day of the actual cutoff, the banner and cows appeared revealing
the finished cartoon
||Cowz 39 Another tradeshow.
|Cowz 40 We went to play whirlyball
to celebrate a product release. Strange but fun game.
||Cowz 41 This one was particularly
|Cowz 42 The boss got a promotion.
The abbreviation for his new job was HAM. This transformation seemed
|Cowz 45 Picking the right type of
doughnuts for the group meeting is so critical.
||Cowz 47 We developed a process for
handling any customer calls related to any Year 2000 issues. This
pretty well summarized it. This was the last Cowz cartoon.