Creator / Isaac Baranoff

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Isaac Baranoff is a Underground Cartoonist, composer, comedian and filmmaker. He writes Progressive Rock music, usually under the name "Funny Aminals", although he has recently started using his own name. His best known creation, Horndog, was originally drawn by Baranoff but is now written by Baranoff and drawn by Robbie Allen.

Born in New York, Baranoff is of Russian, Irish, Scottish, Black African, Spanish and Native American origin, and his work often focuses on topics such as racism, individualism, and advocates the use and legalization of marijuana. Except for his novels, which usually focus on Alternate History, Black and Gray Morality, anti-war themes, philosophy and satires of various genres of Exploitation Film. Outside of his comics and film/video work, his art has promoted rap artists.

Baranoff's first prose novel, Someone's Gonna Die, is a Hardboiled Detective book about an African American female private detective named Hot Chocolate. It features Baranoff's usual combination of sex, violence and marijuana use. He's since written mostly in the Spaghetti Western genre, starting with A Boot Full Of Blood, a vampire revenge story set in the Old West about a black woman who seeks revenge on the men who murdered her husband and daughter and left her for dead - but only after she's turned into a vampire. This was followed by A Fistful of Molotov, an Anti-Communist revisionist historical fantasy set in an intentionally historically inaccurate version of Soviet Russia, casting Joseph Stalin as a Spaghetti Western-style villain, and A Claw Full Of Blood, Baranoff's return to the Hardboiled Detective genre, about a hardboiled detective who seeks revenge after he is murdered and turned into a werewolf; this one is set in the present time, but it is stylized as if it were a Spaghetti Western.

His music is roughly comparable to the works of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. Baranoff describes his music as a fusion of chamber music, Jazz, and rock.

Website can be found here.

Albums

  • Life's an Obscure Hobo Bumming a Ride on the Omnibus of Art (as "Funny Aminals") LP (July 2, 2013; deleted/out of print)
  • Vengeance Is Mine! (as "Funny Aminals") LP (August 18, 2013)
  • Hell Is For Politicians (as "Funny Aminals") EP (September 18, 2013)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari alternate score (October 25, 2013)
  • Nosferatu alternate score (October 29, 2013)
  • The Night That No One Came Home (as "Funny Aminals") EP (January 2, 2014)
  • Behind The Green Door LP (April 19, 2014, released here)
  • None More Black LP (September 15, 2014, released here)
  • The Wedding Album/Orchestral Favorites Triple-LP (December 25, 2014, released here)


Tropes exhibited by Isaac and/or his works include:

    Comics 

    Music 

    Novels 
  • Author Tract: The libertarian politics in A Fistful Of Molotov
  • Artistic License: Historical events and characters appearing in A Fistful Of Molotov intentionally mixed together regardless of when said events actually occurred, or if persons involved were alive at the time, or behave in disregard to their actual behavior.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The uber-violent vampire in A Boot Full Of Blood and werewolf in A Claw Full Of Blood are the heroes.
  • Black and White Morality: The Communist-killing hero of A Fistful Of Molotov has touches of Black and Gray Morality, but is more purposeful than Baranoff's supernatural heroes.
  • Hardboiled Detective: He combines this with other genres.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: In A Boot Full Of Blood, vampires can eat normal food if it is doused in blood.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The method of turning a human into a werewolf in A Claw Full Of Blood involves feeding a human werewolf blood as he dies.


Alternative Title(s): Funny Aminals

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