Newshounds and its continuing series Newshounds II are a long-runningFurryWeb Comic by Thomas K. Dye. It's about a human woman, Lorna, and the six (originally four) dogs, one cat and one rat she has adopted and employed to work in television news. The original strip lasted from November, 1997 to December, 2006. The continuation started in July, 2007.In the original Newshounds comic strip run, the team ran KPET, a television channel operating out of Lorna's home.
Kevin J. Dog was the cameraman.
Wolfram Blitzen and Renata Fayre (both dogs) were the news anchors.
Alistair Katt (a cat) was the meteorologist.
Sam Shepherd (a dog) was the sports reviewer.
Ferris the Rat was the janitor.
Rochelle O'Shea (a dog) was later hired then permanently adopted as an on-location news correspondent.
Della (a dog), Kevin's steady girlfriend later in the story, was hired as a technician, then was stranded in a remote location after her owners abandoned her, but had moved in permanently by Newshounds II.
In Newshounds II, the comic developed a more page-oriented layout, with the entire team moving on to Mega News West to moderate video blogs.
Lorna's parting words: "You guys do whatever you want. Blow up the house. Nuke the neighborhood. Organize a terrorist strike against the Pork Council for not having strict enough standards for fat content."
Ferris' bad day: "First, I accidentally tripped Renata with the microphone cord... then I dropped the Mayor's Palm Pilot into his jacuzzi... then, as if it couldn't get any worse, I put too much ketchup on my curly fries."
Renata's interview with adult film star Angie Lishus: "Let me get this straight... you're not doing a TV special on my work for charity... I came all the way down here just so you could pester me with some stupid questions about Virgiltech... and you still won't pay for my jumbo parsley?"
Asshole Victim: Randy, Della's cousin who used Sam for his money, cheated on him, got Della kicked out by her owners, and sold out Rochelle, was sold to a lab and experimented on. Not even her new eyepatch earned her any sympathy, although the fact that she clearly felt no guilt over selling Rochelle up the river and felt KPET owed her in a big way for the information didn't help.
Attempted Rape: Sam's new boss Slab tries to rape him after seeing him being chummy with Nigel. Sam does a Groin Attack and the two fight each other until the police arrive.
Bestiality Is Depraved/Rape as Drama: Slab Hannibal, a human who has sex with dogs. The Bestiality Is Depraved trope is played with — the dogs in the series are sentient and verbal, and are perfectly capable of making informed decisions and saying yes or no, sidestepping a lot of the Squicky moral consent questions usually associated with sex with animals. But Hannibal rapes his canine bodyguards. He tried to rape Sam, but he fought back.
Brainwashed: Wolfram has been brainwashed into thinking he has always been a fighting dog and doesn't recognize Rochelle, his wife.
Corporate Warfare: AOL attempted a military takeover of Starbucks, but their troops proved no match for stressed out baristas.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hal O'Peridol was more delusional than corrupt, but then there's General Swallowemup and several executives that the KPET crew interviewed back in the gag-a-day days.
Darker and Edgier: Newshounds II takes on some significantly more mature themes, to say the least.
Fake Memories: Rochelle's memories of being a death-defying thrill-seeker never happened.
Foregone Conclusion: Thanks to Kid Gloves, we know that no matter what, Alistair and Nigel are staying together. Not to mention that things with Rochelle and Wolfram end up okay.
Funny Background Event: In the gag-a-day era, there would often be a panel showing some people watching KPET at home while doing something (such as swearing while adjusting the rabbit ears on a television to clean up picture problems).
Policeman: All right, Mr. Spleen, don't hurt anybody in there. Just tell us your demands. Mr. Spleen: I want someone to run over Michael Bolton with a steamroller! Policeman:(Beat) (into bullhorn) WHAT'S THE CATCH?
Apparently, the fact that Amazon once madeJackie Collins author of the month is considered their darkest, dirtiest secret.
T-Word Euphemism: Whereas the original Newshounds was almost completely devoid of harsh language, Darker and EdgierNewshounds II has some characters frequently cursing aloud, with their still-obvious words masked with strategic scribbles over most (but not all) of the letters. Sam, Slab and Randy do this the most.