Horndog TV is the Web Video channel of Underground Comics company Horndog Studios. It features sketches, reviews, comic book promotions and other content created by Horndog Studios and Isaac Baranoff.In the review videos, Baranoff portrays several characters, including Lucifer the Clown, a reviewer of cult, horror and Exploitation Film, Punkin Hed, a masked reviewer who does much the same (created as a replacement for Lucifer due to the expense of face paint), and the Comix Scrutinizer, a cynical reviewer who takes on the most bizarre of what the comics world has to offer.Videos can be found here and here a week after the Blip upload.
Horndog TV provides examples of the following tropes:
Affectionate Parody: Of Underground Comics. Comix Scrutinizer is played by a real-life Underground Cartoonist and enjoys many of the comics he pans on the show. And even in cases where he does dislike the comics he reviews, he admits that he's not as extreme about his views as his character is.
Anachronism Stew: Comix Scrutinizer suggests that The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood is this, due to one of the characters being named Pablo.
Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked While reading Kit N Kay Boodle, the Scrutinizer notes that the title characters are not married, but have the same last name, and proceeds to dub the comic "Furry Incest Porn".
April Fools' Day: The joke review was Horndog, a comic written, drawn and created by Isaac Baranoff, the guy who plays the Comix Scrutinizer character.
Author Tract: Baranoff breaks character in the Life & Death of Fritz the Cat and Battle Pope videos when he expresses atheist, libertarian and capitalist views which contrast significantly with Comix Scrutinizer's views (Scrutinizer is offended by the anti-religion slant in Battle Pope).
Comically Missing the Point: This appears to be the main joke in the series, that the Comix Scrutinizer doesn't understand that the things he's complaining about are often the purpose of the work he's reviewing. The Scrutinizer remarks, in regards to The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood, "it's like this comic was written for members of some subculture with drastically different values." And in response to Kit n Kay Boodle: "I am shocked and appalled that this porn comic doesn't have a plot." Conversely, while the Scrutinizer is offended by all the actual pornographic comics he's reviewed, he treats the non-pornographic Junior Jackalope as if it were a pornographic comic.
Cutaway Gag: While reviewing Skull #1, Comix Scrutinizer is so unpleased with the outcome of a horror story that he asks that the person who wrote the story be slapped. It cuts to a scene from Big Money Rustlas.
Eye Scream: The eye-poke scene from Christmas Evil is shown twice in that review: Once during the opening credits sequence, and then during the review proper.
Fan Nickname: The Comix Scrutinizer calls Jay Naylor's Huckleberry Ann "Hillbilly Jane", and Ann's friends "Young Foxy Brown" and "Irish Ass". He freely admits to inventing new names for these characters because he has no idea who any of them are.
Fetish Retardant: Invoked The Scrutinizer says that no one would find Jay Naylor's The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood arousing, as no matter how good looking the human characters are, the wolf genitalia will automatically serve as a turn-off. And the busty nurses in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. They're DEAD. Kit n Kay Boodle. As the Scrutinizer notes, it looks like something that "the Care Bears would beat off to". Even if you are a furry, would you find Tastes Like Diabetes cartoon characters having sex arousing? This may be an example of the Comix Scrutinizer Comically Missing the Point, though, as this aspect of the comic may have been played for laughs.
Funny Animal: Quite a few of these comics could qualify as this, although not so much on the "funny" side, but same area. Examples include Air Pirates, The Unfunnies, and the first comic in Death Rattle.
Gag Penis: Binky Brown's. A ray of light comes out of it. And he sees his fingers and feet as penises with rays of light coming out of them, too. In Kit n Kay Boodle, Kit Boodle has a penis that's half the size of his leg when it's not erect. As the Scrutinizer notes, this somehow doesn't cause Kit to pass out from most of the blood in his body going to his penis, because "the author doesn't know how biology works".
In-Joke: In Amputee Love, the Scrutinizer says that Bob the Dog from Horndog would have sex with an amputee. He should know—the actor playing him is that comic's creator. And in The Life & Death of Fritz the Cat, Scrutinizer refers to "a cat named Charlene", and an image of Charlene Kat from Horndog appears.
Interspecies Romance: The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood is said to be this, but it comes across as rape to the Comix Scrutinizer. Especially considering that the wolves drug Red and Pablo.
Nightmare Fuel: Invoked The whole plot of The Fall of Little Red Riding Hood involves a tribe of wolves kidnapping, drugging, raping and impregnating human women so that they can destroy the human race and take over the world. Which they ultimately succeed in doing. And this is supposed to be pornography.
Shout-Out: The Scrutinizer refers to Frank Miller's Batman (I.E. the All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder one) as Crazy Steve. He also calls one of the characters in Red Riding Hood "Young Foxy Brown". The Scrutinizer says that if Bogeyman featured Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg, it would make $200 million at the box office. And that the first story in Death Rattle looks like the movie Cool World.
Except for Comix from the Underground where the theme is "Real Underground Baby" by Insane Clown Posse.
Surprise Incest: The Scrutinizer assumes that Kit n Kay Boodle are a married couple, due to having the same last name, but jokes that they might be brother and sister. He later learns that they're not married (due to a panel revealing that they are sending out invitations to their wedding), and suggests that the comic actually does depict Brother-Sister Incest.