Isaac Baranoff is a Underground Cartoonist
, composer, comedian and filmmaker and the founder of Horndog Studios
(originally Mystic Studios Productions). He writes Progressive Rock
music, usually under the name "Funny Aminals", although he has recently started using his own name.
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
- 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:
- Genre Roulette: "Fear" is a avant-garde piece with a bunch of sound effects, and "Stampeding Cattle Through The Vatican" is basically distorted guitar feedback.
- Sampling: Funny Aminals' free releases contain a bunch of these:
- The Night That No One Came Home samples The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Hot Summer In The City and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
- Shout-Out: The song and album titles are mostly Shout Outs.
- His song title "I'm Way Too Baked To Drive To The Devil's House" is a line from Grandmas Boy 2006.
- A Bucket of Blood is where the Obscure Hobo album title comes from.
- Blue Velvet resulted in the song title "Here's To Your Fuck, Frank"
- "Stampeding Cattle Through The Vatican" is a quote from Blazing Saddles
- "The Van Was Last Seen Headed To Your Momma's Bedroom" is a line from a Up In Smoke deleted scene.
- On Vengeance, the song title "Blow Me Where The Pampers Is" is from PCU, and the album title, Vengeance Is Mine!, is the title of a Mike Hammer book.
- The album title Hell Is For Politicians is a parody of the Pat Benatar song "Hell Is For Children".
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: The "Funny Aminals" band name. Is actually the title of a comic book anthology which featured works by Robert Crumb, Terry Zwigoff, and the first appearance of Art Spiegelman's Maus.
- 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.