Horndog is a Funny Animal Stoner comic created by Isaac M. Baranoff and drawn by Robbie Allen. The main character, Bob, is a "canine tomcat", a literal personification of the term "horndog", the original title of the comic.
Most of the storylines focus on his attempts to acquire marijuana, sex or both. Storylines have focused variously on topics ranging from real-life based topics, including relationships, politics and racism, to more surreal subject matter, including Zombies and Alien Abduction. Baranoff, who is of Russian, Irish, Scottish, Black African, Spanish and Native American origin, partly wrote it as a Beast Fable about individualism, free love, interracial romance and libertarianism.
Created in 2003, Bob The Dog was the first underground comic to produce a webcomic spinoff (in 2009). Bob The Dog has been criticized for what some readers perceive as Vulgar Humor, because of its high level of profanity and (initially) nudity (which has been toned down over the years). In 2015, Baranoff announced that the comic had been renamed to the title of its main character to avoid confusion with the name of the publisher, Horndog Studios; the name later reverted back to Horndog when it moved over to Oriental Studios.
Web edition can be read here.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Andrea Mouse was this with Bob. She's since turned into a Stalker with a Crush.
- Art Evolution: Baranoff tends to redraw his older comics from time to time.
- Ax-Crazy: Andrea, again.
- Author Appeal: All of Baranoff's female characters have large asses and breasts, which are predominately shown.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Bob appears this way, since he apparently wears T-shirts and hoodies but no pants.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The entire cast.
- Beast Fable: Black cats are identified as being African-American.
- Black Best Friend: Subverted; in addition to the fact that Bob actually dates a black woman (Charlene), Bob's best friend, Leonard, is portrayed realistically and with fully developed characterization.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: A strip in issue 3 shows that Bob has the ability to perform oral sex on himself.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Leonard shows signs of this with Charlene.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Largely averted with Bob.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Freddy is typically as sharp as a box of hammers, but has occasionally shown himself to be intelligent.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Horndog was already a Funny Animal Stoner comic to begin with. Issue 2 added Zombies into the mix.
- Four-Fingered Hands: All characters.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Pretty much everyone.
- I'm Going to Hell for This: Tommy tells Bob that "You're going to hell for this" after a series of bizarre sexual encounters.
- Interspecies Romance: Most relationships and sexual encounters portrayed in the comic are of this sort, including Bob and Charlene (which is also a metaphor for an interracial romance).
- Locked in a Freezer: Leonard, in a parody of The Shining.
- Male-to-Female Universal Adaptor: All nude depictions of characters from this series indicate that they have human-like genitalia.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Applies to Bob and Charlene even though they're not married. Averts Discriminate and Switch because the fact that she's a cat is considered less important than the fact that she's black, so Fantastic Racism is not called upon here.
- Mundane Fantastic: Horndog has both social commentary and character-based material, as well as storylines featuring aliens and zombies.
- Prepare to Die:
I wanna run your head through a meat grinder.
- Bob, to Leonard, who had drunken sex with Charlene:
- Lampshaded two strips earlier by Leonard, who wonders if Bob will "be okay" with this, or if Bob will want to run Leonard's head through a meat grinder.
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Primarily comedy; Horror elements sometimes played as parody, sometimes straight.
- Species Surname: Andrea Mouse is a mouse.
- Charlene Kat is a slight subversion.
- Sphere Eyes: All characters.
- Updated Re-release: Issues 1 & 2 were reissued as Horndog Archives #1, with additional material not in the original published version.
- You Need to Get Laid: Typical advice given by Bob. Even when the situation doesn't call for it (like being told by a friend that they are in danger of being killed).