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aka: Funny Aminals

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Isaac Baranoff is a American Underground Cartoonist, comedian, businessman, composer and filmmaker. His best known work, Horndog, was originally drawn by Baranoff but is now written by Baranoff and drawn by Robbie Allen, aka Pembroke W. Korgi due to Baranoff's physical health issues which keep him from drawing. Since he stopped drawing, he's been primary known for espousing Objectivist philosophy.

Born in Orient, New York, Baranoff is of Russian, Scots-Irish, Melungeon and African-American origin. His work often focuses on topics such as racism, individualism, and advocates the use and legalization of marijuana and free market capitalism, explaining that he feels that a classical liberal—or Goldwater-esque conservativism, some would say libertarian system, effectively eliminates poverty. He opposes "social justice" legislation, arguing that it increases poverty rather than helping the poor. His short stories, which are out of print due to Old Shame, 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 been used to promote rap artists without his permission.

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Baranoff wrote 5 novellas, starting with Soft Desire, a Pulp Fiction anthology, followed by Someone's Gonna Die, a Hardboiled Detective story about an African American female private detective named Hot Chocolate. It features Baranoff's usual combination of sex, violence and stoner humor. 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 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 historical fantasy set in an intentionally historically inaccurate version of Soviet Russia, casting Joseph Stalin as a Spaghetti Western-style villain. It depicts real individuals in fictional settings, and was inspired by a negative review of A Boot Full of Blood alledging that it was historically inaccurate to the speech of the Old West, so Baranoff sought to make his Soviet Russia story even more historically inaccurate for dramatic purposes and a bit of humor. The last of his stories, A Claw Full Of Blood, Baranoff's describes as his most derivative. It's about a hardboiled detective who seeks revenge after he is left for dead gangsters and turned into a werewolf; this one is set in a stylized present time. Baranoff laments this plot taking much from Kill Bill. He has announced plans for his first full length novel.

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Baranoff's Progressive Rock music is often a fusion of chamber music, Jazz, and Progressive Metal. There were also plans to release a Death Metal album which fell through. Much of his early demos are out of print.

Website can be found here.

Albums

Demos
  • Life's an Obscure Hobo Bumming a Ride on the Omnibus of Art (as "Funny Aminals") (2013)
  • Vengeance Is Mine! (as "Funny Aminals") (2013)
  • Hell Is For Politicians! (as "Funny Aminals") (2013)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari alternate score (2013)
  • Nosferatu alternate score (2013)
  • The Night That No One Came Home (as "Funny Aminals") (2014)
  • Behind The Green Door (2014)
  • None More Black (2014)
  • The Wedding Album (2014)
  • Orchestral Favorites (2014)
  • Pragmatocracy (2017)
  • Unholy Savior (2017)

Official albums:

  • The Root of Money LP (2017)


Tropes exhibited by Isaac and/or his works include:

    Comics 

    Music 

    Literature 
  • Author Tract: The 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.

Alternative Title(s): Here Wolf, Comix From The Underground, Funny Aminals, Horndog TV, Horndog Studios, Wolf Comix

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