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Bob the Dog drawn by Robbie Allen.
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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.

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The comic's creator identifies the series as a "Funny Aminal" comic, instead of using the terms Funny Animal or Furry. Its fans are known as "Horndogs".

Web edition can be read here.


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  • 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.
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  • Carnivore Confusion: Tommy, a rat, and Leonard, a cat, engage in a conversation about Tommy's fear of being eaten. Also, a recent storyline involves Charlene becoming romantically involved with a Jewish lesbian mouse, which gives new meaning to the phrase "eating pussy".
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Leonard shows signs of this with Charlene.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Largely averted, although Bob has proven himself to be quite stupid in situations that calls for it when the creator thinks that it's funny. Otherwise, he's fairly intelligent.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Freddy is typically as sharp as a box of hammers, but has occasionally shown himself to be intelligent.
  • Esoteric Motifs: The cover of issue 3 depicts a pentacle in conjunction with demonic spirits being summoned.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • N-Word Privileges:
    • Bob's use of nigga goes by without objection.
    • Bob almost beat up a clerk because he thought the clerk called Charlene a nigger. The clerk actually said niggler (which has a quite different meaning). Even Charlene noticed it. Bob later noted that the similarity of the two words gave away some Unfortunate Implications. invoked
  • Sphere Eyes: All characters.
  • Spin-Off: The main character in Here, Wolf made its debut in this comic, then went on to star in his own series, with a different plotline involving an Interspecies Romance with a human female.
  • Take That!: Quite a few of these.
    • Hot Topic is a reocurring one.
    • Politics: Alex Jones and Bill O'Reilly have gotten a couple of these. Not to mention, Herman Cain, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin...
      • Averted when Baranoff almost put up a comic making fun of Michael Moore, but took it down, not because he felt Moore was undeserving of satire, but because he felt he was coming down on the left too much and decided to switch it up and make fun of a right-wing figure, Sarah Palin.
    • Music: Otep, Murder by Death and Tila Tequila are all the subject of mockery.
    • Walt Disney: Characters that look like silhouettes of Mickey Mouse and Goofy are portrayed as Neo-Nazis who try to murder Bob.
    • The character Alpha looks like Raine Dog. Considering Baranoff's interactions with Dana Simpson and the fact that Alpha is as a pretentious and hypocritical Alpha Bitch Granola Girl, this probably isn't a Shout-Out.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Freddy commits suicide, returns as a zombie, is killed by Bob, and is reincarnated as a teenage boy, only to once again be killed by a chupacabra. Then he reappears without explanation during the New Year's storyline solely for the purpose of being killed by a Stepford Smiling Ax-Crazy Lemming.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Neden" (vagina).
  • Updated Re-release: Issues 1 & 2 were reissued as Horndog Archives #1, with additional material not in the original published version.
  • Verbal Tic: The word "the" is printed as "th'" many times.
  • 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).

Alternative Title(s): Bob The Dog

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