All the Newshounds Fit to Print

"All the Newshounds Fit to Print" is the seventh compilation of comic strips of the webcomic "Newshounds" by Thomas K. Dye. The book covers the comics between 13 October 2003 and 8 December 2006. These were the last comics created in the first "Newshounds" series. Unlike the other books, this is published by Lulu, not Plan 9 Publishing. There is also several extras, including an introduction to the strip and overview. The book won the Ursa Major Award for "Best Anthropomorphic Literary Work", [cite web|url=http://www.ursamajorawards.org/UMA_2007.htm|title=Award Winners 2007|publisher=Ursa Major Awards|accessdate=2008-05-20]

Notable storylines

Red vs Blue (20 October - 4 November 2004)

During the run-up to the 2004 election, Sam and Alistair end up arguing as to whether the Democrats or the Republicans will win. In an attempt to stop the arguing, Lorna promises them that if they both stop talking about politics, both on and off the air, she will give them bonuses, to which they agree. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20041022.html "Newshounds"] , 22 October, 2004. Red vs. Blue: Newfound Friendship.] Later, Sam makes another bet with Alistair as to who will win the election. If John Kerry has a clear win, Sam will have to be the "Kumquat Kanine Klown" in the farmer's market. If George W. Bush has a clear win, Alistair will be forced to become the goalkeeper for an elementary school ice hockey team. They agree with the second bet. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20041029.html "Newshounds"] , 29 October, 2004. Red vs. Blue: The Clown and the Goalie.] Bush wins, but because the victory is not clear, Alistair does not have to become the goalie. Alistair tells Sam that he is willing to be the goalie, but Sam changes his mind. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20041104.html "Newshounds"] , 4 November, 2004. Red vs. Blue: Sportsmanship.]

Kevin is Given some Faith (9-23 March 2005)

Kevin becomes annoyed by Ferris's latest craze, the singer Faith Daddiscash. He still dislikes after listening to all of Ferris's albums. He tries talking to both Alistair, Sam and Renata both claim they like her as well. It is not until he hears a song on the radio which turns out to be hers that he begins to like it, but when he tells Ferris, he claims it is the worst of Faith's songs. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20050323.html "Newshounds"] , 23 March, 2005. Ferris disparages the Faith.] In the end, he decides to listen to his own music, which turns out to be Della's favourite.

FG-909 (20 April - 3 June 2005)

Wolfram is horrified when he learns that a drug that he uses to keep his fur glossy, FG-909 is taken off the market because harmful side effects. As a result, he asks Alistair for his help in organising a protest against the ban. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20050425.html "Newshounds"] , 25th April, 2005. Teach me, master.] After the protest fails however, he takes matters into his own hands, or rather paws, by creating positive news stories about the drug. But after he fails to get his bulletins in the news broadcast, and everyone he interviews being for the ban, he finally caves in and gives up. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20050518.html "Newshounds"] , 18 May, 2005. Wolfram prevaricates.]

Later, Wolfram goes out to dinner with Rochelle, where he makes it clear that his life is no longer all about him, but about them, so he therefore asks Rochelle to marry him, an offer which she accepts. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20050525.html "Newshounds"] , 25 May, 2005. A power we possess to give or take away forever.]

The Last of Della and Randy (20 September - 5 October)

Some of the "KPET" staff decide to have a night out. Kevin goes out with Della, Sam with Randy, and Wolfram with Rochelle. During the date, which features music played by Gene Catlow and CatsWhisker, Sam and Randy continue to have problems. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20050922.html "Newshounds"] , 22 September, 2005. At the club with Gene and CatsWhisker.] However, the problems truly arise when Randy's other boyfriend Vladimir is found at the same bar, at which point, the whole relationship falls apart. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20050926.html "Newshounds"] , 26 September, 2005. Vladimir is discovered.] Afterwards, Della makes her final preparations, and leaves Kevin, not knowing when she will return. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051005.html "Newshounds"] , 5 October, 2005. Honey-tinged old so-and-so.]

Dilbrook the Dog/The Wedding (7 October - 29 December 2005)

After breaking her tooth eating some candy samples, Lorna makes an emergency dental appointment. However, after her treatment, she ends up in a hallucination. As a result, she now thinks that she is a dog, and her staff are now humans. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051014.html "Newshounds"] , 14 October, 2005. The sleeper awakes.] She also ends up believing that she is not the owner of "KPET", but is just the mascot of the company. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051019.html "Newshounds"] , 19 October, 2005. Mistaken self-identity.]

Despite their best efforts, the staff fail to make Lorna realise that she is human again. Things become worse when Virgiltech calls "KPET" in order to discuss their contract. Lorna, under her current state, says that a dog cannot discuss the contract, but after some talking to, she agrees to talk to Virgiltech, but when she calls Wolfram a human, the company decide to cancel the contract. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051104.html "Newshounds"] , 4 November, 2005. The meeting with Virgiltech.] What is worse, with Lorna being declared legally incompetent, there is a danger of the company going into receivership.

Ernest however attempts to come up with a plan to save the jobs of everyone at "KPET", but everyone is mortified when they discover his plan is to sell "KPET" to "KRVL". [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051117.html "Newshounds"] , 17 November, 2005. A new owner.] Everyone tries to think of ways to save the company, include a poor attempt by Kevin to disguise himself as Lorna, [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051124.html "Newshounds"] , 24 November, 2005. Buying time in drag.] but luckily, they are saved when Lorna, with Julia's help, finally comes out of her hallucination. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051125.html "Newshounds"] , 25 November, 2005. Lorna awakes again.] As a result, she puts a stop to the deal, and frees "KPET" from their relationship worth Virgiltech.

After this, Julia helps Wolfram and Rochelle with their wedding, despite her allergies, and the couple wed. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20051229.html "Newshounds"] , 29 December, 2005. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfram and Rochelle Blitzen-O'Shea]

The Sunflower Power Struggle (8 May - 23 June 2006)

Ernest is contracted by an oil company consortium to negotiate with "Sunflower Chemicals", mainly over an additive to clean up fuel that Hal is developing, but when he learns that ownwhat is a dog, he refuses to talk with Hal. However, Ernest decides to sort the whole thing out by buying Hal. As a result, Ernest becomes the owner of Sunflower Chemicals. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20060519.html "Newshounds"] , 19 May, 2006. Ernest takes over.] Hal refuses to co-operate with Ernest; Ernest asks Renata to see if she can make him work. She at first refuses, but then agrees.

Hal and Renata therefore try to come up with a plan in order to get Ernest to let him go. This is done when Hal decides to perform his experiments into the additive in Ernest's flat for three weeks. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20060612.html "Newshounds"] , 12 June, 2006. Three weeks of experimentation.] As a result, Ernest gives up and lets Hal go free.

Rochellicopter (17 July - 1 September 2006)

Rochelle and Ferris decide to create their own traffic reports, without Lorna's approval. All goes well until Rochelle corrects their helicopter pilot, telling him that Ferris is a rat, not a koala bear, thus provoking the pilot's phobia of the animals. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20060731.html "Newshounds"] , 31 July, 2006. Dogs and koala bears.] As a result, the pilot crashes the helicopter. Rochelle ends up with some server injuries, whilst Ferris escapes mainly unhurt, but guilty. However, the main shock comes afterwards when Wolfram tells Rochelle that she is pregnant. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20060814.html "Newshounds"] , 14 August, 2006. Someone else.]

The Grand Finale (1 November - 8 December 2006)

Lorna returns home discover that the chief managing officer of "MegaNewsWest", Dover Whitecliff, wants to talk to her. Lorna comes into some shocks. First, she discovers that Dover's wife is Kim Yuasa, an old school friend whom she fell out with after she failed to pay a check at the old animal shelter Lorna used to work at. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20061115.html "Newshounds"] , 15 November, 2006. The Grand Finale, Part 7.] Second, Dover wants to over Lorna the post of Head News Editor for "MegaNewsWest". [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20061117.html "Newshounds"] , 175 November, 2006. The Grand Finale, Part 8.] Lorna is unable to make her mind about taking the post, as it would mean shutting down "KPET" and putting everyone else out of work. As a result, Lorna goes out for a walk to think about it. Then she goes on a short holiday to think about it. Finally, she makes an agreement worth Dover that she will take the job, on the condition that everyone else in "KPET" is given a job as well. The jobs will not be same, and they would be work for Dover instead of her, but on the other hand they would be paid more and be given mainstream respect. [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20061204.html "Newshounds"] , 4 December, 2006. The Grand Finale, Part 15.] Everyone agrees to the terms. At the same time, Rochelle goes into labor, and Della arrives at "KPET". [ [http://www.newshounds.com/d/20061206.html "Newshounds"] , 6 December, 2006. The Grand Finale, Part 16.]

Other features

The Introduction

The opening section of the book is an introduction to the "Newshounds" story, starting from when Lorna was a baby. It continues from there, into her childhood, her job at the animal shelter and the foundation of "KPET". After this, there is a summary of the strips by year.

Extra Strips and Author's Commentary

The book also features bonus strips that had not been published in previous books, as well as a commentary on the strips by Dye himself.

References


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