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Rival Hearts



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Rival Hearts, a comic of fantasy, magic, adventures, and a good bit more seriousness than Black as White... at least in the story content.

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October 16, 2011
Rival Hearts has a new home on its own domain now: http://www.rivalhearts.com. And there are new comics that aren't on this site. Go read! :)

September 26, 2011
Another page done, and another page closer to the fun we have instore. I'm really excited about this. We're actually getting the first hints up in that last panel, if it translates well enough, that is. Y'know.. what is it that has Rik gaping like a fish? It'll be a few more pages before you know though.
Ain't I a stinker?

In other news (isn't it always?), my computer finally seems to be back in working order... after I replaced the harddrive. A bit of a pain having to reinstall everything, but so far so good! In fact, so far, better than ever. Hopefully this will continue to be good for progress.

Also, this upcoming weekend is Anime Weekend Atlanta. If I can manage to get the page drawn and scanned by Thursday evening, I can have the update posted relatively on time. It's possible, but even I wouldn't hold my breath. Expect the next page sometime around Tuesday, early. I'm realistic.

September 18-19, 2011
So... not keeping up with my schedule. My computer is partially to blame. This comic was ready a week ago. But the next one isn't quite ready yet. It's about halfway ready. I have catching up to do.

On the plus side, I had a great time at Intervention Con this weekend. Made some new friends and got to spend time chatting with some pre-existing ones. (I can't say "old friends"... I'm pretty sure they're all younger than I am.. And yet, I still felt utterly embarrassed to be fan-girling another comic and its creators. Now I really feel pathetic. -_-;; One day I'll grow up.)
What I did get out of it, regarding the comic, is that I think I want to redo the site and add a chat block option. I don't know how many of you readers there are, or if I'm babbling to myself here. It would be nice to have an idea, get some suggestions if there are any, and maybe know if my little babbling comments are at all amusing... Or if I just sound like the total geek that I am. ^_^
The short of this is, I'm going to try, in the next few weeks (maybe after AWA in two weeks) to acquire a domain just for Rival Hearts, and set up a new site complete with chat blocks.
I will also post a few pictures, including one of me dressed up as Ria.

And now it's officially "Talk Like a Pirate" Day. So Arr, me harties! Have ye a blazin' day! Or somethin'.

August 27, 2011
Yay, Sheyan is back! I've been waiting to bring her back, and she's going to be around again for a while. And for the time, keeping an eye on our wayward merchant companion. This will hopefully be entertaining.
And as for our main pair, well... they have some excitement in store for them.

And as for me, I apologize for not being officially another week behind. I will continue to endeavour to catch up and hopefully reach a goal of a comic a week by the end of the year. As we are now at page 31, that means another 21 in the next 18 weeks, so that I will have a total of 52. It doens't seem lofty, by a stretch, but it's also not as easy as it seems when I keep getting distracted by other things in my free time.... I'm so weak. :)

August 18, 2011
Well, aside from still being behind, I'm once again happy with how this one turned out. Well, except for the image of Ria in the bottom left corner, but that's something I can go back and fix... at some point. More fun coming.

Also, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my co-creator Rikka!

Haha, back to work... or to bed, considering it's another just past midnight post.

August 10, 2011
So a busy weekend put this page behind a bit as well, but I'm preparing the next with the plans of getting it back in on time by Saturday evening... maybe by Sunday morning. :) I still feel like I'm recovering from too many things going on, but I think we're getting it all together.
Plus, Saturday I saw a wonderful showing of Seussical with my brilliant actress sister as part of the performance (Mrs. Mayor, if you please.)

Anyway, personal things aside, we're working our way further through the story now. Not quite at the really exciting bits yet, though I could use a little more preparation before we get there, so luckily, we have more conversation on the way. At least it's nice to know they're all going to get along. Rik's a good guy after all. *pats him on the head*

August 3, 2011
Sorry, this is a little late. Otakon weekend was a bit nuts. In a good way, definitely! But between con and company and exhaustion, I just couldn't get this page finished. I still intend to have page 29 done by this coming weekend. Though now that I remember that I'll be out of town for part of that as well, it might also be delayed a few days. But it'll still be coming.

So yes, Otakon went well. might have been even better if we weren't running late every day, but so be it. The rest was great! I sold four books, which thrills me to no end. And, just because Rikka and I are a pair of dorks (did I mention Rikka came here to sit the table with me and sell her own things as well as jointly show off our comic? Well, she did, and it was really exciting!) we had a pair of dolls (Asian ball-jointed, which she con-professionally makes clothing for.. see her bio. :)) dressed as Ria and KD so they could sell their own comic.
I also have little character buttons made now. And a fully colored image our main pair as kids, the same image currently in the gallery. I will update the gallery soon with both the coloured image and the buttons.
In the meantime, I'm still on a bit of a con high... and low, cause I'm still pretty exhausted. So bedtime for me!

July 24, 2011
It is 9am Sunday morning and I've been awake since 1:30 working slowly on this and the book preparations and watching bad daytime dramas on Netflix. And I'm feeling pretty darned good about it all. This comic is posted. All of my book pages are prepared and ready to be laid out for printing....
I'm ready to face the rest of the day (heat at all.)

July 15, 2011
Updated a little early. Tomorrow will hopefully be the update to those panels, they're draw and scanned, and I only need to replace them in the images. Then I need to color the cover image. I'm making good progress. (And I can thank my over tired state, or rather the all nigher I pulled which caused it.)

I am posting before midnight though! Bedtime now. Enjoy!
(Yes, that's little Ria. Isn't she cute!)

July 9, 2011
So this is a week behind, but I've been busy else where. First of all, aside from completing page 25 (We're at 25!) I've also cleaned up and finished the half done pages 11 and 18. Take a look at them in their completed forms! I'm now in the process of also cleaning up some individual panels. I hope to have some pages updated by next weekend. I'll also have page 26 then, too. I don't plan on falling too far behind. Maybe I'll even find the time to catch up and do two pages in one week. (Not holding my breath there.)

Three weeks until Otakon. Planning, planning, planning...

June 26, 2011
There's a little bit of a time jump between this comic and the previous one(s). I hope that's conveyed well enough. So, begins more conversations en route... and my practice in foresty backgrounds. Already coming out much better than I'd feared... yes feared, because I know I can get lazy. But it's working out well enough.

And I even managed to post this early Sunday morning, rather than Monday. Here's hoping I get to sleep in a little tomorrow. We'll see what the 3 year old demands.9_9

June 20, 2011
And so officially concludes scene #2. And introduces two new characters. One of them is more important than the other. Can you guess which one? I bet you can. :)

I'd originally thought I'd take a week or two off of this comic so I can prepare these first two scenes for a special print release for Otakon. But I don't want to stop producing pages. I'm enjoying seeing the comic come to life. And I'm oddly excited about the next scene, so.. enjoy!

The first two scenes will still be cleaned up and printed for Otakon.

June 14, 2011
Any one tired of hearing that I'm running a little late? I know I am. So I won't say it again. Besides, I already knew this one was going to be.

The weekend went well, though, other than not really having a lot of free time. I won't be back on here tomorrow, so... Happy Birthday, Rachel! and Arianne, of course. :-)

June 6 2011
Another 1 am comic post. This is done, though, and I'm looking at only another two to round off the scene. And then some the much anticipated fun will come. For one, we'll start to get a little more info about our cast, rather than the plentitude of work exposition I've been offering so far. Should definitely be fun.

Oh and I'm already anticipating that next week will be behind. Taking a long weekend away to spend with family and celebrate my daughter's 3rd birthday. (how the time's been flying.

May 31, 2001
This is a little late again, but it's been a busy weekend. And it's gotten hot very quickly... and our ac is broken. *falls over*

We are nearing the end of this section. Well, if I throw any more information out on this topic someone's head might explode.. and it would probably be mine. :)
And Welcome back, Sheyan.

May 22, 2011
It's been another busy week. I should really just get used to the fact that everything is just going to be busy. Such is life, but at least I'm getting these done. The end of this scene is already in sight. Just a few more pages. That's my current goal. I'm hoping these two first scenes will be sufficient for hooking more potential readers come Otakon at the end of July. Not that I plan to stop after that scene. Oh, goodness no. Ther is so much more to come. But it'll be a good, I thought, to do my initial mini book print until. I might take a week or two after that to focus on cleaning up the existent pages for printing. I'll see if I have time to before.

That's the plan. that and I should have RSS feed ready sometime this week.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading! ~Meg

May 16, 2011
So, late posting, as usual, and I apologize for the half completed state of the comic. Next one or two might also be this rough upon initial release, but I'll complete and replace the image once I can. I'm expect the next two weeks to be a little busier. But in im determination to not miss posting a comic, I'm going to settle for having the detailed sketches done and adding the text. (Plus once I do complete the images, it's easy to replace that layer and still have the text right there. Time saver for the updates.)

As for my upcoming weekends: This weekend will be a wedding. Only one day demanding, but more family time. Memorial Day weekend, I'm looking at probably Saturday - Kiddie day at Sesame Place, Sunday - SCA event, Monday - Visit with Grandmom and local family. (ie, lots of driving with a kid in tow.) I will be trying something new at the event. Charcoal + paper = sketches of people... hopefully.

May 10, 2011
It's been a busy weekend, so I'm sorry that I've been running a little behind. But I'm rather happy with this one, and there more interesting stuff to come. Rik is.. quite a character. I think I said that already, maybe? but it's 1:30 am and I don't feel like scrolling down, so you get my over-tired babble. Enjoy!

And yes, while I didn't get to anything I'd hoped to do, I did have a good Mother's Day. Thanks for asking. :) <3

May 2, 2011
It's once more on the later end of getitng things done, but, in my partial defense, when I finally sat down to prepare the pages for upload, I decided to redo the number system to allow for organization of the eventual three digit pages. Well down the line I know, but it will happen

Otherwise, get to know our newest character. not the brightest in the bunch, but he's an optimist. he's got a few other personality quirks that aim to amuse as well, but you'll just have to wait. And hopefully enjoy the ride! : )

April 26-27, 2011
Again behind, thanks to an off shifted weekend away to spend Easter and beyond with the in-laws.. and some of my family. We also came back with a moving van full of stuff from both their house and my mother's so we have a lot of new clutter in the house.. on top of a lot of old clutter we hadn't finished cleaning up yet. I'm seeing some busy nights ahead.

But the comics will keep coming, including another in less than a week! It's already in preparation. Especially as we start in to the next scene of this chapter and finally see our sleeping, injured man awake. He's going to be a lot of fun, so I hope you enjoy!

April 18, 2011
A little behind in posting, but at least I had a fun and busy convention this weekend. This also bring this scene to a conclusion. Next time, we finally get to meet this new arrival. And it will lead, eventually, to the sharing of more information. heh heh..I do feel really good having finally finished this first scene. I think it's given a good introduction to the characters too. any thoughts? Feel free to send me an email. (See link to the left.)

And for any new readers from T-MODE, it was great meeting you, and I hope you're enjoying!
I had a lot of fun at this convention and I look forward to seeing how it grows next year. I've heard good things are coming!

As for me, no conventions again until Otakon at the end of July. That means over three months to focus more on comic stuff. I hope to have some character images finished by then. the idea of drawing full page images in color tends to be a little daunting, but I'm determined! these guys are worth it. :)
I love my characters!

April 10, 2011
Page 13 is up. And we are about to conclude a scene. Really, this is about the end, but I have one last image to leave you all with before the next part begins. I hope it's clear that the text is white represents Ria's thoughts.

Had a good, if tiring, weekend with company. Company is not the cause of "tiring"... That's with thanks to my almost 3 year old.
Next weekend T-MODE, and then family and some time off to come!

March 30, 2011
Okay, so I fell a little behind. Ever heard of convention burnout? Apparently I hadn't. So this is what I get. A week and a half late, and feeling like I've messed it up slightly to boot. Well, the second panel is a little off, and should really include the back of KD's hand hanging in the air after Ria pulling her arm from his grasp.
On the list of things that will eventually be corrected. Yeah.. put it on the list.

On the con news, at least it's all going well so far. One more weekend to go before I get a rest and then the last con for a few months. A-ah... I could use a weekend off.

Done whining now. Enjoy the further unfolding of the story. Ria is not necessarily the kindest of people. We love her anyway!

March 14, 2011
So, yeah, this pag eisn't exact finished yet, but I wanted to post something up. I'll have the completed page, shadded properly by this coming weekend along with page 12. Just... well I'd say I've ben busy, but mostly I've been lazy. I think I've earned a bit of it. Just a little, maybe?

Okay right now really what I need is sleep. another 1am pst, though if it wasn't for the time change... eh, who am I kidding, I'd only have taken another hour to get this done. :)

March 7, 2011
Still a bit on the later end of schedules.. that being that I'm posting this at 1 am... where did the entire night go? Really? And why do I have work in the morning? Any way I can convince people to think this comic is already awesome enough that I can quit my day job and do this full time?

Not yet?

Well, maybe eventually. :) I do have plans after all. not just for the comic, but yeah... plans.... it's 1 am and I'm rambling. Time for bed. See you lovely readers next week. Cheers.


February 28, 2011
Still going. Hopefully with close to the quality I've managed for the previous 8 pages. I feel like some of it wound up rushed. But some of the panels I'm really happy with... In counter, I may post up replacement images for panels 3 and 6. The latter particularly didn't quite come out how I'd planned. She looks like she has super jaw...

Anyway, the important part is that things are completing mostly on schedule.

February 22, 2011
Nooooooooooooo! I'm behind.
Just had to complain to myself a moment.
I'm done now. the page is posted and I'm rather happy with it.

No really. :)

In other news, I had a busy Katsucon weekend. It was a lot of fun, and I was really excited about telling people about this comic. And showing it off. If any of you are new readers, HI! Thanks for coming by. I hope you continue to enjoy this comic as much as I am. <3

February 12, 2011
Page 7 is up! Ah, we have emotion. Why is Ria so upset? Does anyone know?
Mmm.. my first attempt at action motion in that last one, too. I don't know if it's clear that I'm trying to show she's twisting her hand there. What do you think?

Also, I have updated the Characters page. There's a bit of information. Soon, I hope to also include some extra images, both here and in the Gallery. *grin*

February 6, 2011
Another week, another page. Moving right along. This one is entirely Ria's spell casting. It was fun to do considering it involved rawing the page and then playing around with parts of it in Photoshop for the fun blurring effect. Hopfully it gives the irhgt impress of her not really noticing anything else going on around them.

January 30, 2011
Page 5 complete! At least I'm managing to keep up with this one. We start to get a little more idea on how the dynamics are between these three? Well, a bit, anyway. There's more I've managed to not show just yet. Not that I'm not intending to not share this information yet, but it would probably take more panels to show those little details that will be made clear soon enough.

Next page, prepare for the first display of magic.

January 23, 2011
Page 4! Enjoy! You have now met our main cast. Quick, wasn't it?

January 17, 2011
Updated the comic with a bit more dialogue that I hope proves informational regarding these two characters.

January 16, 2011
A little on the later side. And this is me posting from my visit in NJ. Ah... family. Gotta love the company.

This page feels a little sparse to me. I might update it with a little more exposition in at least the bottom left panel.

January 11, 2011
Randomly inspired to make a different color scheme for RH's pages. Still has the same layout as was originally created for BaW's site, but with different colors and a funky background. I've also added the pages for the characters, creator bios, and galleries. not much content there yet, but the pages are ready.

January 9, 2011
Page two is up. And hopefully still going. I think I have about 5-6 pages loosely scripted out right now. Just a matter of planning the pages up and drawing them.

January 2, 2011
I almost made posting this up on January 1st. First page of a new comic.More to come, already in the words. more details here will come... um, soon.



Thanks for reading!