Comic 248 - Captain Galina Kotko

4th Dec 2014, 12:19 AM
Captain Galina Kotko
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)

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Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 5:55 AM edit delete
Not sure what the heck happened here.. somwwhere along the line the pages got messed up .. dont forget to flip back and catch up ..
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velvetsanity 4th Dec 2014, 12:35 AM edit delete reply

Flawless Victory!
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 12:49 AM edit delete reply

Damn right !
jamie59 4th Dec 2014, 1:04 AM edit delete reply

Big step for Gali.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 4:24 AM edit delete reply

Yes it is.. Shes entering yet another new phase of her short life.
DLKmusic 4th Dec 2014, 1:29 AM edit delete reply

I wish I had a warning like that everytime I was about to do something stupid! It is a huge step for Gali, no doubt.

I do wonder though if Gali has it in her to give an attack order if necessary. (I for one would follow it if she did, lol).
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 4:24 AM edit delete reply

She might have issues commanding a attack. good thing shes not on a warship isn't it :D
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2014, 7:41 AM edit delete reply

I doubt it, DLK. Galina wants to AVOID conflict too much. She will do great as the ship's Captain, long as combat isn't in the offing. Unfortunately, the Captain doesn't get to CHOOSE if the other side is going to start shooting. If Galina can get them talking though, she can reduce that chance quite a bit. :-)
Vivocateur 4th Dec 2014, 2:02 AM edit delete reply

Bloodless victory!
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 4:25 AM edit delete reply

YEP Gali wins!
Haegan2005 4th Dec 2014, 2:18 AM edit delete reply

this is a way better solution then my paranoia plot!
Miyto 4th Dec 2014, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
Sorry but when I hear 'solution' and 'paranoia' together, I think of DM's killing off all of their players in the initial briefing that becomes the final 'debriefing.'
Players aren't supposed to have any of their clones survive/exist in the first place in that game, we are doomed from the start.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 4:25 AM edit delete reply

Im sure glad :D
plymayer 4th Dec 2014, 4:05 AM edit delete reply

A weapon is only a bad thing in a bad person's hands.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 4:25 AM edit delete reply

Theres a old saying.. "Guns dont kill people... People kill people WITH guns."
plymayer 4th Dec 2014, 4:38 AM edit delete reply

Some people are even more dangerous driving cars.
anonymous coward 4th Dec 2014, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
And the most dangerous of all use the written or spoken word to convince others to be violent.
plymayer 4th Dec 2014, 8:43 AM edit delete reply

Great point.
Hornet 4th Dec 2014, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
Guns are to easy, give me a baseball bat anyday.
Sheela 4th Dec 2014, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

Actually, people kill people without guns as well.
CyberSkull 5th Dec 2014, 2:12 AM edit delete reply

Bludgeoning is So. Much. Work!
Sheela 5th Dec 2014, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

That's what stabbing is for.
CyberSkull 6th Dec 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply

Arguably less work, but even messier.
Sheela 6th Dec 2014, 1:03 PM edit delete reply

Cleaning robots ! :)
CptKerion 6th Dec 2014, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
I have found that a vat of hydrochloric acid does just fine.
mjkj 4th Dec 2014, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

Double post/update!

Updates 247 and 248 are the same...

Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 5:52 AM edit delete reply

Fixed .. sighs .. not sure what the hell happened...
mjkj 4th Dec 2014, 7:01 AM edit delete reply

Me neither...

...but yaayyy for double update :D <3
mjkj 4th Dec 2014, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

Might be that you put the update (#247) in the queue then checked back and put the next one (supposed #248) into the queue also then maybe got distracted and adding the same image (as #247) to it and then seeing as it is the image (#247) for this update also putting it live...

...resulting in having two updates with the same image but different headings live...

...just a guess though

mjkj 4th Dec 2014, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

*lol* Captain Gali... :D

...and Jet cannot help but tease :D

Hmmm, Captain Gali really looks good there (except for her injuries)

*hugs Captain Gali* <3

Stormwind13 4th Dec 2014, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

The engineer will get the bombs sorted out shortly. Sure glad that engineer didn't TRY to do percussive therapy on Colonel Taylor though. Past experience tells me that it wouldn't have ended well for Engineer Beauregarde.
Tokyo Rose 4th Dec 2014, 9:30 AM edit delete reply

Says something that Beau was willing to try it, though, hm?
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 9:36 AM edit delete reply

A unexpected 5 pound sledge can hit like a mack truck :D its all im saying...
Vitrvarg 4th Dec 2014, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
That sledge looks like a 16# sledge, that would really have messed up the Col.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 11:38 PM edit delete reply

yes it would.. it would really ring his bells.. or knock him flat out.. hes Still human ..
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2014, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

Yes it would CentComm. I'm just doubtful that Engineer Beauregarde would have connected. Colonel Taylor was dodging LASER fire, a sledge hammer isn't real impressive comparatively (though I wouldn't want to be hit by either one of them).
Tokyo Rose 4th Dec 2014, 7:38 PM edit delete reply

In the original discussion we had for this segment, it was a big-ass wrench, and it would have connected. All of Taylor's attention was on Gali and he wasn't listening to his combat computer; he never would have seen the engineer coming. Notice his comment--"How long have you been there?!"
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2014, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Actually, I was figuring that Galina would give the Engineer away, Rose. She would gasp or have that look of horrified surprise and Taylor would react to that. And the Engineer would suffer an ignoble defeat. :-)
Tokyo Rose 5th Dec 2014, 3:49 AM edit delete reply

Gali was too busy focusing on Taylor. :D
CptKerion 8th Dec 2014, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, big scary cyborg with a gun does tend to override not so terrifying engineer with a sledge.
Matt Knab 4th Dec 2014, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

Well, that was a not pleasant interruption. Thankfully it ended well. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come!
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 11:21 PM edit delete reply

im hoping it isn't eather Gali has the hopefully worst of the human problems behind her for now :D
highlander55 4th Dec 2014, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

What!! She has issues with touching any weapon such as a firearm but can push the buttons on active Nukes without dancing like been shot with a Taser??!!
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

the anti weapon ban does not recognize the Nukes as a "GUN" and that is what she is prohibited from using .. Just guns .. pistols .. rifles and such ..

The loophole was intentional on her creators part.
CptKerion 8th Dec 2014, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Why do I get the feeling that part of her original job description might one day have been to push the big red button?

Does her weapon ban extend to slingshots, composite bows, grenades, potato guns, billy clubs, or rubber chickens?
Kitty 4th Dec 2014, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
Um, ladies....I really, really love this comic. I adore the art and the story is kick-ass. Seriously. But, do you think you might've gone just a little too heavy on Pearl's accent, there? Kinda stereotyped. Most of the characters are speaking standard English and the black woman...not so much. I know you've shown some regional accents in the past (in Datachasers in particular) but none of them were even close to this. So, please, take this as loving criticism?
Centcomm 4th Dec 2014, 11:18 PM edit delete reply

thank you for the compliments !

AH - ok the accent on Pearl is a tribute to Ozark rednecks .. its not meant as a slight on anything actually the person who has this access is a family member of one of the creative team. so yeah it may be thick but wasnt meant as a bad thing .. we wanted to have a awesome engineering character on the cast and my first thought was a Rastafarian guy. Rose talked me into the Ozark one. and trust me - this is a actual accent ..

a lot of the time for accents we draw on real people - Doctor Cooper has a "London accent" Patterned after a friend on second life . And follows her own. Galina .. well she would have a hint of a Russian accent but not enough to actually change her written dialouge other than a few slang words Col Taylor has a slight accent but again .. not enough to change his dialogue even Kiku has a slight one when she wishes.. but her English is perfect. Pearls accent is NO bearing on her intellgence or anything else.. She is not slow. if anything shes smarter than Jet when it comes to the ship systems. Trust me if you actually heard Pearl speaking you would understand.. even if she had a heavy south accent it would be written in :D and Rose does her best to make the translation between spoken and written accents :D
Kitty 5th Dec 2014, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for the response, I do understand what you're doing with the accent. I figured Pearl has to be pretty damn smart to be the ship's engineer. It's just a bit jarring, and can be a little tricky to read through. I do like the fact that the cast is pretty diverse. Looking forward to the rest of the story. :)
CptKerion 6th Dec 2014, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
I found that the accent actually makes sense when you speak it out loud instead of just reading it... and I know a half a dozen people who sound just like that.
CptKerion 8th Dec 2014, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
Also speaking of accents, are we ever going to meet an Australian?
Rms2000 5th Dec 2014, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

Um... Why did they even bring a sledgehammer? As tools go, a big hammer like that can only really be used for a few tasks, and I can't really see any of those being required on the ship. So... Why?

On a side note: her face. The expression on her face. Man, if I were able to convince a woman to produce an expression like that, I would be a happy man. Probably.
Tokyo Rose 5th Dec 2014, 3:57 AM edit delete reply

Percussive maintenance.
Sheela 5th Dec 2014, 5:49 PM edit delete reply

Actually, the bigger the machine, the more likely you need a big sledgehammer.

And this is one *big* ship!
CptKerion 6th Dec 2014, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
You would be amazed at the number of applications for a sledge hammer aboard a ship.
There are often times when a smaller mallet or hammer cannot adequately for a pin in. We're not talking what most people thing of when I say pin, we're talking the kind of pin used for holding down shipping containers capable of carrying an M1A1 Abrams tank.
There are also occasions when jammed mechanical parts do require percussive maintenance to get them unjammed enough to fix them. I have had the experience of making sure the lever stayed on the fulcrum while my father brought a sledge down on the other side of the lever to remove a break pad that had rusted to the drum in such a way nothing could be separated without massive force.
Stormwind13 7th Dec 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply

The biggest reason to bring a big hammer is that you can't stop what you are doing and go to the hardware store if you suddenly NEED the big hammer. You are (at average) 1.4 BILLION kilometers from Earth. If you might need it, you damn well better BRING it.

And CptK's comment is well taken. Though corrosion in space isn't likely to cause 'rust'. :-D Still things shift and bind which requires properly applied force to free them up.
CptKerion 8th Dec 2014, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
They're also very good for applying the principle of "anything will fit anywhere, given sufficient force"
CyberSkull 5th Dec 2014, 2:11 AM edit delete reply

For her first order Cap'n Gali has declared "no-pants Monday".
Stormwind13 7th Dec 2014, 5:21 PM edit delete reply

Is it May already, CyberSkull? :-D
CyberSkull 9th Dec 2014, 1:43 PM edit delete reply

In space it's May somewhere.
Janelle Darkstone 5th Dec 2014, 2:27 AM edit delete reply

*salutes* I uh, sit relieved. It's almost as official-sounding but is pretty much the same thing. Only more comfortable.
Boren 5th Dec 2014, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
"I hope that's the worst of it"
Ah youthful's to it's shocking painful death
Stormwind13 5th Dec 2014, 7:32 PM edit delete reply

Hoping for it isn't that bad, Boren. But like the Man in Black said, "Get used to disappointment." :-D
Boren 7th Dec 2014, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
True, it is good to have hope, however I take a more "prepare for the worst, hope for the best" mindset and the word 'prepare' is first for a vary good reason.
T1-G3R2501 8th Dec 2014, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
I feel like the time of Piracy should be like now or two panels from now. Galina should just go rogue and pirate
Stormwind13 8th Dec 2014, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

What T1, Galina is NOT cut out to be Ching Shih, I think. She is too sweet and cute for that. :-D
jas 9th Dec 2014, 11:39 AM edit delete reply

Fun fun page! I like da new enjaneer, Beau, and dat dere sledge she got (even if it hard to find cuzza da Jet)! And I like da Captain Kotko!
XRzer04 20th Dec 2014, 8:26 PM edit delete reply

I don't like the portrayal of the engineer. I don't trust the competence of a supposed technical person who speaks like a bumpkin.
Tokyo Rose 6th Jan 2015, 3:01 AM edit delete reply

I know a guy who can barely put two words together without sounding like the world's biggest stoner, but he can rebuild an engine block in his sleep. Bit of an eye-opener, that was.
GhostRider 17th Nov 2015, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
The fact that you said that means you haven't.

You shouldn't have done that. You've met with a terrible fate haven't you?
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