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Hagar the Horrible celebrates 40th anniversary in Sioux Falls

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A sharpie and a notebook is where Hagar the Horrible has been living the last 40 years.

"It's done pretty good for a little overweight Viking. He's managed quite well," said cartoonist Chris Browne.

Hagar the Chris Browne's father Dik's idea. A warrior living 1,000 years ago, Hagar has everyday problems.

"He's a guy who has a tough job. He's misunderstood by his family," said Browne. "And, he comes home and just wants to put his feet up and relax and knock back a couple of beers on in Hagar's case, a keg of beer."

That relatability is why Hagar the Horrible is so popular. He's in 1,900 newspapers around the world, and the strip has been translated into 13 languages.

In 2006, Hagar and Chris Browne descended on Sioux Falls. Browne's best buddy, Ken Alvine, brought them here.

"One of the reasons why I love living here in Sioux Falls is that I'm among Vikings here," said Browne. "There's so many Scandinavian families here that I feel like I've come home."

And, Sioux Falls is where cartoon and cartoonist plan to stay.

"If they let me, I'll keep drawing it for another 40 years, until they take my pencils away."

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