NonPack follows the life of Karen, a stray anthropomorphic dog who lives in a fictionalized version of Puerto Rico called Rich Port. She leads a gang of criminals called Los Satos, or The Satos if you speak English (but never The Los Satos).
The first arc focuses on Karen; she aspires to be Rich Port's top dog in the criminal world, so to speak, but she'll have to watch her back and figure out how to make the Satos their own thing rather than Marcel's lapdogs, and there are numerous other gangs hungering for control over Rich Port.
NonPack has the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Justified; Karen is the leader of Los Satos, so she needs to be with her fellow members to establish she and the Satos mean business.
- All There in the Manual: Much of the backstory of the characters is revealed through drawings the author does on her social media platforms; justified in that it's probably to make sure the comic focuses on the "now" and that backstory doesn't halt the speed of the plot development.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Karen has light purple fur.
- Badass Crew: Several of them, since this is a story about criminal gangs. However, as anyone who challenges Honey learns, some gangs are more badass than others.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most characters are fully dressed except for footwear, although there are shoe-wearing exceptions such as Marcel.
- Bilingual Bonus: Los Satos is derived from the Puerto Rican term Sato, which means "street dog".
- Cool Shades: Tebo wears them, although since he's a criminal this overlaps with Sinister Shades.
- Culture Chop Suey: Rich Port, as the name suggests, is primarily based on Puerto Rico but with aspects of Florida and California mixed in.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Exaggerated; almost any character you'll see in the work past issue #1 has already become well known amongst the fans through the author's platforms in her drawings with the most notable being Benji, hinted to be a new member for the Satos and a potential love interest of Karen.
- Fat Bastard: Marcel fits this to a T. Fat? Check. Nasty towards the Satos and casually beats them up when they fail him? Check. Scheming bastard who essentially set up the Satos by pitting them against Honey, who had been working for him this entire time, and then holds Shara at gunpoint to keep them from rebelling? Double check.
- Foregone Conclusion: Rougee, a yet-to-be introduced character who is the daughter Karen will have sometime in the future, will eventually become the next focal point of NonPack.
- Gangbangers: The entire story is about turf wars between gangs, with the Satos being the main POV and protagonists of the story.
- Genre Shift: Starts as a relatively realistic Crime Drama, then adds a Sci-Fi Horror element by the end of Issue #1 when we're shown what the serum can do. And then we get Supernatural Fiction when it's implied that Goset has turned Karen into an even worse monster than Honey.
- Hearing Voices: Played for laughs with Yuki, who clearly is insane but is not really viewed as a problem due to being with the Satos and still caring for Shara.
- Mature Animal Story: A violent, cynical tale of criminal gangs struggling for power, set in a World of Funny Animals.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Applies to the entire cast until the Given Name Reveal in "Bark and Bite".
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Downplayed; While "evil" is a stretch, Karen is a professional criminal who wears a primarily black outfit with red trim.
- Sinister Minister: Downplayed. Victor doesn't seem to be evil per se, but he's is a junkie who buys his heroin from Karen which still makes him crooked.
- The Smart Guy: Overlaps with Only Sane Man, since Doc is more sensible than his teammates.
- Two Girls to a Team: In Los Satos, they're Karen and Shara.
- Villain Protagonist: Los Satos are a gang of thieves and drug dealers. However, A Lighter Shade of Black is in full effect for them; they're basically a Criminal Found Familynote , and the other crooks they deal with (such as Marcel and Honey) are much worse than they are.
- Visual Pun: Victor Wolken, the drug-addict at the local church, is a tecato. Also counts as Bilingual Bonus given that tecato is a Puerto Rican term for junkie.
- Wretched Hive: Rich Port is a city where crime runs rampant and authority figures (such as police and the clergy) are ineffective and/or morally compromised.