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No Guns in the Kitchen

by Jops
Mikayla is a rookie police officer who dreams of a career as a detective. Dinian, her flatmate and best friend, is a free spirit who's happy with having no plans for her future.

When a scientist is found murdered, Mikayla is given a chance to prove herself by assisting the investigations. But, as Dinian's ex happens to be somewhat involved...
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Mikayla is a rookie police officer who dreams of a career as a detective. Dinian, her flatmate and best friend, is a free spirit who's happy with having no plans for her future.

When a scientist is found murdered, Mikayla is given a chance to prove herself by assisting the investigations. But, as Dinian's ex happens to be somewhat involved...

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Hello everyone!

It's been a long while of silence but I've got some good news: thanks to a collaboration with the talented Grimalkn, now Dinian and Mikayla are back!
It'll be new adventures, a new (and very bizarre) universe, but still the same personalities that made the two characters work so well together.

Come to read the new comic at http://redshark.smackjeeves.com/
Kunnaki
April 24th, 2014
That song the band is singing wouldn't happen to be 'She Lost Control' by The Arkhams, would it? If so, that's awesome, since I didn't think anyone else knew about them.
Jops
September 20th, 2013
@dracone:
Thanks for the advice. I am actually very familiar with WoD, as well as lot of other RPGs (GURPS, D&D, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds...). I've been a player and GM for years.

For the purpose of testing Fox Hunt, I was thinking of using a purely narrative diceless system. After all, I'm making a graphic novel where you get to chose between option A and option B and then see how the story evolves based on that.

If you wish to give ti a run, i can PM you my Skype account and decided for a day. The downside is that it'll be a big spoiler of the Fox Hunt story.
dracone
September 19th, 2013
Sad to see it go
I felt like the story was finally picking up, I enjoyed the characters and and sad to see them go in their current roles and excited to see what they're like in their new roles. I have some experience with several rpg formats. I suggest you take a look at White Wolf entertainment's World of Darkness series, especially Mage since its Default setting is quite similar to the projects you said you're working on. Best of luck on your projects and I hope to see them pop up in my searches soon, I kept NGitC in my bookmarks because I really enjoyed. You were right in stating your pacing needed work in the comic, but you were also fleshing out the characters which is always nice to see especially if it ties into the story in some way
Jops
September 16th, 2013
@Sal:
Yeah, during that scene Nils was pretty much chuckling on the inside.

Actually the pistol isn't used in the kitchen. It just became a sort of wildcard because it was not allowed in the kitchen. In fact it gets stuffed in a bag and you'd have seen that bag changing hands a few times. The one to fire that gun at the end would have been Iris Syl.

Events would have lead to Dinian's prints being found on the last victim's murder scene (the son of Mr. Banks) and that would have resulted in Dinian being hunted by both cops and the mob. She eventually dodges both thanks to parkour and hiding in the sewers (her having worked in the sewers was relevant for this reason). Of course Mika doesn't believe her friend to be the killer, but she's put off the case. At this point she also finds out about Nils and things get ugly there.
Mikayla nearly goes rogue, she ignores her superiors and sets herself on saving Dinian.
Since official police statements have Dinian's romantic interest in Azure as her motive, the real killer learns that he just missed one, so he decides she also needs to be taken out (in the same style as the others). He almost gets her but Di proves more resourceful than he anticipated. However, it's Iris to actually save the day (pretty much by this point Dinian already let go of her grudge against Iris and the two are finally close again). She leads Mika to Dinian and then, since Mikayla is crap at shooting, she recovers the gun-in-the-bag and kills the bad guy.
Sal (Guest)
September 16th, 2013
Very clever. The series started with Di needed a new job, and now she demands that Nils gets a new one. Likewise, Nils is the one who just found out about Di not having much experience with guns and I assume he would be in the room when Di used the pistol in the kitchen. It all comes full circle.
I also assume that after Di found out Nils was a killer Nils would say something snarky about when Di threatened to kill him.
Jops
September 11th, 2013
@SteelRaven:
That was the E.T.G. Lead Designer (made a few appearances as a recurring background character), who targeted anyone getting interested in Azure in order to test their worthiness and remove the competition.
Because she's a girl, Dinian managed to stay under his radar, at least until the final chapter.

Next victims would have been, in fact, the younger detective and the double-date guy (Chapter 4, page 16), who would have turned out to be Mr Bank's son.
SteelRaven (Guest)
September 10th, 2013
Who was the real killer?
Jops
September 10th, 2013
I'm glad you guys enjoyed it so while it lasted. ^^

I was actually forced to take a break due to the whole job-interviews-and-moving situation. During that break I run some serious evaluation of my own work and came to the conclusion that, while the characters were solid and strong, the story was rather weak. So my decision to move on with a new project.
You can see progress about ATRS here: http://jops556.deviantart.com/gallery/41814778

@Sal
About the title:
It takes from the "No firearms beyond this point" sign on the kitchen's door, which would have indirectly made a big difference in the story.
Later on, Dinian would have discovered that Nils is actually a professional hitman for hire. She eventually agrees to keep the secret under the condition that Nils changes on a legitimate job (but feeling like crap for lying to Mika and getting more raptors in her dreams). Next time Nils visits them, Dinian enforces the title's rule and confiscates his pistol. That very pistol would have then resurfaced at the very end and saved the day.
SteelRaven (Guest)
September 10th, 2013
Surprise twist; NGITK was actually a Dinian's dream in After the Red Shark ;)
Tyris
September 8th, 2013
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Jops
August 23rd, 2013
@The_Hankerchief:
Heh, I totally thought you got it when i read your first comment.
Oh damn. Reread the archive today. How did I miss the Reservoir Dogs reference? I'm kind of ashamed here.....
Jops
August 8th, 2013
@Sal:
Thanks for the feedback Sal.
I guess you'd be happy to know that the comic i'm planning for after NGITK would be an action-packed adventure set in a world based on Dinian's dream sequence at the beginning of chapter 2.

I guess the title may become more relevant in a scene that will occur early in the next chapter. However, take into account that GNITK started as an experiment and went trough a couple changes of direction as the comic was in progress.

The suggestion to repeat the names more often and make less use pronouns is a good one. I guess i was too focused on making the dialogue sound "natural" and just didn't think about it. Thanks for it. I'll keep it in mind from now on.
Feedback stuff.
The thing that caught my interest in the comic was the ad where we see Dinian with a shotgun hanging out of a car. I clicked the ad and the comic starts off strong with a nice little action bit and a basic plot setup (get a new job). Its not the primary plot but it gets things going.
An ad featuring a cool art style and people with guns is basically enough to get people like me interested.
On that note: the action scenes, especially scenes with guns, are very cool looking and very fun to look at.

My favorite scene was when the B.R.A.I.N crashes when Dinian learns what Azure is like. There is no real worst scene per say but I was kinda annoyed when Dinian threatened Nihls with a knife.

Favorite character is Dinian. She can do Parkour, is very happy and positive, goofy but can be serious and has cool daydreams.

One thing that was interesting to me is the setting. The comic doesn't explicitly say where or when things happen. Its some point in the future and its located in Europe land (license plates, convenience stores signs, Policia, bar notices, etc). Not a country, just Europe. It is actually kinda cool.
Same goes for the sword, dual pistols and war ax. Very unorthodox but it fits the art style and setting well.

Another little thing that I like is how the police and criminals are competent and good fighters.

The title No Guns In The Kitchen is odd because it is completely irrelevant to the plot (at this point), random, and the sign is easy to miss on first reading.

As stated before, the wallpaper is a single pattern that crosses over panels. It is a very subtle thing that nobody else probably notices but it is trippy to me.

People change their clothing regularly. Another nice little touch.

I like the archive system. Numbered, dated, divided by chapter and # of comments is a nice touch.

The daydreams of fighting and Parkour bits are very impressive and work well with the art (technical drawing skill and direction)

I kinda have a hard time memorizing the character's names. Watch a movie or pro wrestling and you will notice that nobody really uses pronouns. They never shut the heck up and always use the character's names to drill them into your memory.

Naturally we all want more updates but in basically every other webcomic if the author says "sup guys, my life is busy" the readers understand and roll with it. Good luck switching to a different country.
Oh, that poor deluded fool. He doesn't know!
Air Hockey is serious business, yo
Vertous
July 13th, 2013
One does not simply place an easy puck...
Game on player 1!
Jops
July 13th, 2013
@Pedant:
Thanks for the feedback. I made the fixes.
I deliberately left "accompanying" as it is, however. I want that line to sound rather formal, in fact.
That'd be "easily", in that sentence. Perhaps try "going" instead of "planning". And instead of "accompanying" you might try "walking" as a less formal alternative.