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Newshounds and its continuing series Newshounds II are a long-running Furry Web Comic by Thomas K. Dye (the author of, among other things, Something Happens). 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 and ended on September 29th, 2014. Rebooted as Newshounds Remastered in March 2016.

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 as they slowly work to build lives of their own.

Newshounds has the following tropes:

  • Straw Character: Ferris is one, not for any political or philosophical position, but for fans of any part of pop culture Dye doesn't like. If any performer or genre is going to be lampooned in the comic, Ferris is invariably portrayed as being slavishly devoted to them. (examples include CĂ©line Dion, Britney Spears and of course his long-time celebrity crush Tori Spelling)
  • Take That!:
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 made Jackie 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 Edgier Newshounds 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.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Recently, Sam's legal rights have been brought into question by Alistair. Among an increasing number of other incidents.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Newshounds II ended with one of these, showing the lives that the characters had built for themselves after the end of the series.