Comic Book: Wolf Comix
aka: Here Wolf
Wolf Comix is the third and current incarnation of a series of comic strips spun off from the Underground Comic Bob the Dog.The first incarnation of the comic was called Red, and focused on a young human woman named Red who dates a Funny Animal Wolf (though not a Big Bad one). Creator Isaac M. Baranoff had attempted to syndicate it, but eventually offered it as a webcomic for the entertainment website Space Monkey Mafia Studios instead, and the comic's second incarnation, Here, Wolf (a play on a famous line from Young Frankenstein) was born.This new incarnation, Here, Wolf used a Beast Fable to discuss issues of prejudice and Fantastic Racism. However, Baranoff had originally not intended this subject to be the sole focus of the new comic, since he had already covered this thoroughly in Bob the Dog. Instead, Here, Wolf was originally supposed to focus on Baranoff's Ayn Rand-influenced philosophy, hence the reason why Red was not used as a title, to avoid connections with the Republican Party, as Baranoff felt that the comic was not political, but philosophical. However, the philosophical approach of the comic was ultimately not used in the comic, and the final comic instead focused on pop culture references and topical humor.Here, Wolf lasted for two years before being pulled from Space Monkey Mafia Studios by Baranoff, because he felt that the final comic was not particularly different from many other webcomics. In 2012, Baranoff officially announced that they had stopped publishing Here, Wolf and that Baranoff had stopped drawing it. Baranoff suggested that it may return in the future as a live-action Web Video series, saying that he wanted to use puppets to depict the Funny Animal characters. Also, Baranoff started producing Comix from the Underground for Space Monkey Mafia Studios as a replacement for Here, Wolf.By the end of 2012, Baranoff issued a new press release stating that they would release a new comic called Wolf Comix, which was actually a third incarnation of Here, Wolf.
Wolf Comix and Here, Wolf provides examples of the following tropes:
- Beast Fable: Wolves are a stand-in for...something. It's kind of vague. (Usually implied to be African-Americans.)
- Character Blog: Wolf posts on the comic's Twitter and Facebook pages.
- Creator Thumbprint: Marijuana use, Libertarianism and atheism.
- Erudite Stoner: Wolf.
- Fantastic Racism
- Four-Fingered Hands: All Funny Animal characters have four fingers. However, the human characters are portrayed with five fingers.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wolf.
- Intellectual Animal
- Interspecies Romance
- Snarky Non Human Boyfriend: Wolf
- Species Surname: Subverted, as Wolf is never referred to by any other name.
- Sphere Eyes: All characters.
- The Stoner: Wolf, like all Horndogs.
- White Void Room: As in Bob the Dog, this is a stylistic Shout-Out to Harvey Pekar.
- Wolverine Publicity: Bob, from Bob the Dog, has some appearances in Wolf comix, and Wolf appears in Bob the Dog as well.
Here, Wolf provides the following tropes:
- April Fools' Day: In 2011, Here, Wolf was replaced by a fake comic called Stupid Priest as an April Fools joke.
- Berserk Button: Wolf's response to someone calling the band Hollywood Undead "metal".
- Crossover: With Bob the Dog.
- Deadpan Snarker: Wolf and Red.
- Deep South: A redneck says outright that he doesn't like Wolf having sex with "our women, boy", leading Wolf to tell him off.
- Juggalo: In an early comic, Wolf is looking at Juggalette porn instead of working.
- Metalhead: Wolf.
- Orphaned Series
- Schedule Slip: The real question is, when was Here, Wolf ever on schedule?
- Shout-Out: Wolf likes Rush, Frank Zappa and King Diamond.
There. There, wolf. There, castle.
- Here, Wolf is a reference to a line from Young Frankenstein:
- Spin-Off: From Bob the Dog.
- Take That: These appear more frequently:
- Wolf hates Little Red Riding Hood, and is even less pleased by the prospect of watching an adaptation made by the director of Twilight. Other movies like Battlefield Earth and Space Jam are also poked fun at.
- The Cat Girl Fetish is referenced and poked fun at.
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono are characterized as "junkies".
- Wolf also dislikes Badly Drawn Kitties and South Park.
- "How do you spell failure?" "J-A-Y N-A-Y-L-O-R."
- This was due to a real-life feud between Baranoff and Naylor, who claimed that Baranoff refused to publish his comics because of his views.
- Barack Obama
- Wolf suggests that Alan Moore should Occupy Reality instead of "Occupying Comics".
- Villainous Incest: A redneck with his sister. Technically, the redneck is not a villain, as he is portrayed as being more stupid than genuinely evil, although this trope still applies as the incest reference was only included to make the character looks worse than the Fantastic Racism already makes him in order to make the comic's anti-prejudice theme clear.
Alternative Title(s):Here Wolf
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