Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Guest Blog: Invisible Ring's Hare-Brained Reference 🐰🔍

In the beginning of 2021, when the first Guest Blogger tryouts were held, I promised in my tryout that I would commit to sharing BIG news to the people of Poptropica… Hard-core knowledge that others should know, as well as super cool stuff others would WANT to know…

 

Invisible Ring's screenshot of Dr. Hare from 24 Carrot Island, with "...what?" superimposed on the image.

 

Ever since I GOT that Guest Blogger position I have done just that, and I took it over the TOP with my ultimate movie creation… But it doesn’t stop there!

 

…You see, in the making of this movie, I stumbled upon some veeerrrrry interesting information about Dr. Hare. …Turns out that the Big Bad Bunny ALSO had a really big and important personal Poptropica project of his own. …Back in 2013, to be exact. It’s called LEGO CUUSOO, and I have taken the liberty of gathering every old post about this project together into one spot for your convenience.

 

  1. Vote for Dr. Hare’s Lair on LEGO CUUSOO– or else!
  2. LEGO CUUSOO – help us get to 1,000 supporters!
  3. Get your new Dr. Hare wallpaper!
  4. Show your support for our LEGO CUUSOO project
  5. LEGO CUUSOO update – the carrot’s on us
  6. It’s time to ramp up production
  7. You want these balloons. You NEED these balloons.
  8. This balloon’s about to pop
  9. LEGO CUUSOO project update: Dr. Hare Deluxe Balloons now available
  10. LEGO CUUSOO – another milestone is in sight
  11. LEGO CUUSOO – can we reach 6,000 supporters this weekend?
  12. Vote and you shall receive
  13. LEGO CUUSOO – to 7,500!
  14. LEGO CUUSOO: The next milestone approaches, and so does a new prize!
  15. Hurry for Hare ears!
  16. Dr. Hare Ears Power is now available!
  17. Craft your own Dr. Hare!
  18. Go go CUUSOO
  19. LEGO CUUSOO – the drive to 10,000!
  20. Vote for us on LEGO CUUSOO and get a new Rabbot paper craft!
  21. LEGO CUUSOO – the drive to 10,000 and a new prize looms
  22. LEGO CUUSOO – we reached 10,000!
  23. A legendary fan project

 

Ok, Did you read all those posts? …What am I saying, NO ONE would pay attention to a 23-post list! (...Or maybe they would. Who knows? Humans are so unpredictable.)

 

…But here’s the summary: Dr. Hare would show off his master creation many different times so that more people would find it. As Dr. Hare himself said, “Let’s cast our support for this project, and bug -- er, urge -- our friends and family to do the same.” 

 

I bet you’re thinking, “Oh, is THAT why you’re showing off your movie yet AGAIN, Invisible Ring?” 

 

…Yes! Yes it is. Like Dr. Hare, I am intent on sharing my greatest genius work with EVERYONE, believing strongly that it’s something that the whole WORLD needs to see. …Dr. Hare’s Lego project never got off the ground in the end, and there’s a chance that my movie won’t get off the ground either. But the Hare NEVER gives up! And neither do I.

 

A picture of Dr. Hare from 24 Carrot Island, with the phrase, "That's RIGHT! Looks like SOMEONE has done their homework..." superimposed.

 

And being the vigilant funny bunny I am, I shall continue to doctor up more front-page posts, bring more big surprises, and exploit more epic secrets and insights. …You MIGHT find my movie popping up in another post or 2 later on, though. …Self-promotion is rather diabolical, but a TRUE genius doesn’t use that hare-y tactic without an excuse! …Er, REASON, I mean. …Whatever you call it. You see, my signature piece works as a reference to some of my posts… Such as my detective post or THIS post, for that matter! …But nevertheless, as a guest blogger, I am still striving to break the ice, bust out the big news, and blow all your minds to smithereens! BWAA HA HA HA!...

 

So see you next month, Poptropicans!

Friday, November 25, 2022

Guest Blog: Interview with Fierce Flyer from the Poptropica Creators 🦅💫

Meet Fierce Flyer!

 

The PHB's Fierce Flyer Popsona

 

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

 

It’s all thanks to my sister really. I remember back in elementary school, in the late 2000s, I would look forward to staring at her computer screen. Well, up until the day I thought to myself, “Hey, maybe I should give this Poptropica thing a try myself!”

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

 

A name that immediately comes to mind for me as criminally underrated is Merlin. I feel as though Merlin gets lost in the masterpiece that is Astro-Knights Island. I mean, the bird sacrifices himself to save your Poptropican. Any respect Merlin has received through the years needs to be tripled, ‘cause I don’t hear nearly enough about this saint of an owl.

 

As for overrated, it’s gotta be Dr. Hare, right? I mean, no disrespect to the doctor who decided to wear a pink bunny costume but, surely his PhD could’ve gone to better use elsewhere.

 

Merlin from Astro Knights Island

The way to an owl’s heart is through its stomach.

 

The PHB's Fierce Flyer's Portrait of Dr. Hare

Dr. Hare illustrated by Fierce Flyer

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

 

Purely for the aesthetics, I’ve gotta go with Episode 1 of Survival Island. I really felt like I was there, like I was freezing and needed warmth and not just in the game. Getting that full immersive experience plus the beautiful scenery, is both nostalgic and was revolutionary to Poptropica.

 

Survival Island Illustration

Survival Island, Ep. 1 wallpaper

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

 

Change is inevitable. In the Pop community, the biggest changes that I dealt with were fellow bloggers and Poptropica enthusiasts coming and going. But through it all, my fond memories with them remain dear to my heart, and I have a feeling they would say the same.

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

 

Joining the PHB has gotta be a top 10 moment in my life in terms of excitement and happiness. I was over the moon when I was welcomed in, and was pleasantly surprised to find that through joining the blog, I also became a stronger writer.

 

Fierce Flyer's Popsona at the Poppies 2018 blue carpet

Fierce Flyer at the blue carpet of the Poppies 2018

 

6. What inspires you?

 

I could go on and on about the many things I see and learn everyday that inspire me, but if I had to choose just one, it’d be my older brother and fellow PHB author Sporty Boa. He’s played a pivotal role in the progression of not only my creativity, but also my journey of becoming my best self. So, shout-out to my brotato chip!

 

Fierce Flyer and Sporty Boa Popsona illustration

Sporty Boa and Fierce Flyer at the PHB’s Flash funeral for Poptropica

 

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

 

This community means so much to me; it’s hard to just put it in words, as corny as that sounds. I’ve recently turned 18, so I’m officially an “adult,” and I can truly say that the Poptropica community — everyone I’ve had the pleasure of meeting — will hold a special place in my childhood as a cornerstone of my life growing up.

 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL?

 

Oh for sure! My blog, Fierce Flyer Adventures, began as a Poptropica site, but has also branched out a bit. I made a post 4 ½ years ago called “The Oath of Socialization” where I basically challenged myself to break out of my shell and be my authentic self around others. That post really changed my life because, although it was only supposed to last for a week, I’ve been running with it to this day.

 

Fierce Flyer vs. E. Vile illustration

Vanquish E. Vile by Fierce Flyer

 

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about?

 

I’m super passionate about sports — all kinds, really. Anything with a ball, and sometimes a puck or wheel, I’ll be watching it. Along with that, a passion I’ve always had is creating stories. I want to be an author one day, or a director/writer for my own show or movie!

 

Fierce Flyer's Black Panther Popsona

Fierce Black Panther by Fierce Flyer

 

Favorites

  • Island: It’s a toss-up between Mystery Train and Reality TV, but I’ll give a slight edge to Mystery Train because of its captivating story and endearing characters.
  • Backstory/Lore: Ringmaster Raven. Such a captivating character with a truly tragic backstory, can’t help but to feel bad for him…
  • Character: My guy Edgar! Every time he showed up on my screen I was grinning, a bright spot in an otherwise disturbingly creepy environment on Monster Carnival.
  • Villain: Poptropica has so many great villains, but the cake goes to Director D ‘cause as a kid, I thought he was the coolest dude ever. Here’s a hot take: I think he could rock the bald look!
  • Costume: There are a lot of iconic costumes, but the one I remember the most, and always used, was the Midnight Ninja outfit. I would literally try to find any excuse possible to throw that thing on.

 

Fierce Flyer's Favorites: Mystery Train, Edgar, Ringmaster Raven, Director D, Midnight Ninja

 


 

Thank you to Fierce Flyer for the interview – it was an absolute pleasure and the series has been a lovely opportunity to learn more about you and the Poptropica Help Blog’s team as a whole! See more of Fierce Flyer’s writing and contributions on the PHB! ✨

Friday, November 11, 2022

Guest Blog: Interview with Gentle Dolphin from the Poptropica Creators 🐬💖

Interview with the PHB's Gentle Dolphin! Gentle Dolphin's Popsona is shown on a video call, alongside the wolf from Fairytale Island, a pink cat, and flying unicorn

 

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica? 

I first discovered Poptropica back in 2008 (Man, am I that old?). I watched my little sister play Poptropica on the family computer one day, and I wanted to play as well. Guess who kept playing the game long after that. 😉

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated? 

Poptropica has a large quantity of characters, so some are bound to get lost in the shuffle over time. I have to agree with Purple Paw and say that Captain Ziggs is probably the most underrated Pop character. He gave his life to protect the citizens of Steamworks Island, yet he isn't talked about much in the community. Even characters like the Elf Queen and the Magistrate get fan art on occasion. 

As for the most overrated, I feel like I’m beating a dead horse by saying that Dr. Hare is overrated. He became the face of spinoff minigames, merchandise, and even Poptropica itself! He got so much attention that could have shared with other characters.

 

Gentle Dolphin's underrated (Captain Ziggs, left) and overrated characters (Dr. Hare, right).

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through? 

I loved visiting the dream worlds in Super Villain Island. They have some of the best scenery and provide interesting insight into some of Pop’s iconic villains. My favorite moment was hopping into the paintings in Black Widow's dream. Talk about an immersive art experience! 

I also want to mention the maze sections in Ghost Story Island. We've seen Pop from side-on and top-down perspectives, but this was the only time we could turn around and see every little corner of a location.

 

Gentle Dolphin's favorite scenes: Super Villain Island (left) and Ghost Story Island (right).

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time? 

I joined the community sometime in 2017, when Poptropica was searching for ways to survive the death of Flash Player. There was a lot of uncertainty about Pop’s fate during that time, and the community changed along with the game. Older fans either stayed on board or left altogether, and new players joined the community. While the fandom isn’t as active as it once was, there are still dedicated fans creating fan art and crafting theories. 

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

First off, being invited to join the PHB was already a big surprise. 😆

In all seriousness, being part of the PHB taught me a lot about working with others online. I learned how to better communicate via text and how to plan online events like our annual Poppies awards. I still make mistakes every now and then, but that means there's still room to grow.

 

6. What inspires you? 

I get inspired by many things from stories to music to real-life experiences. 

 

7. What does the Pop community mean to you? 

The Pop community is full of creative individuals with a shared passion. The PHB’s Community Creations series is a testament to that fact. 

 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL? 

You could say that Pop had a notable influence on my interests. Poptropica used to have a Daily Pop page that included comic strips like Peanuts and Big Nate. These comics inspired me to create my very own comics and set me on a creative path. I should probably get back into making comics now that I think about it.

 

Gentle Dolphin's Daily Pop page influence

 

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about? 

I’m passionate about art and illustration. I’ve been working on a few projects, whether they be fully independent or with other people. Keep an eye out for them! 

 

Favorites 

  • Island: Ghost Story Island! It has a compelling story and a subdued tone not commonly felt in Pop's other islands. I definitely want to see this island return in the future.
  • Backstory/Lore: I liked learning about Amelia during her side quest. While it doesn’t reveal any groundbreaking lore, it showcases Amelia’s character via casual conversation and set design. Her little apartment showcases her love of tea, her many adventures, and (of course) her obsession with unicorns. I certainly didn’t expect that last one, but I loved it! 
  • Character: Fiona from Ghost Story Island. She is a sweet lady with a tragic history, and she is responsible for some of the island's most iconic moments. 
  • Villain: The Super Power Island crew. They’re a fun collection of villains to fight in a classic superhero setting. 
  • Costume: I may be biased when I say “Pumpkin Punk”. 😝🎃

 

Gentle Dolphin's all time favorites (from left to right): Ghost Story Island, Amelia's lore, Fiona from Ghost Story Island, Super Power Island's crew, and Gentle Dolphin's own 'Pumpkin Punk' costume

 


 

Sincere thanks to Gentle Dolphin for the lovely interview and their outstanding contributions to Pop community and the Poptropica Help Blog! Find more of Gentle Dolphin’s artwork and writing on the PHB! 

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Guest Blog: Interview with Smart Icicle from the Poptropica Creators 🤓❄️

Meet Smart Icicle!

 

Smart Icicle's Snowman Popsona

 

Smart Icicle's Popsona Portrait

Illustration by Smart Icicle

 

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

Ah yes, the nostalgic times. I found Poptropica when I was around 10 years old. Me and my friend were sharing one Windows 7 computer, looking at ads on our games. We had never heard of Poptropica before, but we were in the mood to try something new.

So we created our first account together: Bronze Socks. (If the name sounds familiar to you, yes, that’s my Community Creations partner!) Anyway, this was during the peak of Poptropica, with the Multiverse, all the islands you could play, everything.

After a while, we each got a computer and didn’t have to share anymore, so me and my friend went our separate ways. I continued to play Poptropica as Smart Icicle (username: Target1051). Here’s me on the New You building of an older Home Island!

 

Smart Icicle on an older Home Island

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

My choice for underrated character — I found many, but I would have to say the magistrate from Ghost Story Island. He’s nostalgic to consider, yet a bit villainous — after all, he did orchestrate a murder.

The most overrated character right now, in my opinion, would be Rumpelstiltskin. With all the Fairytale Island lore ongoing these past couple of years, including Rumpel’s possession of the Baron, and now being hunted by the Red Queen, it seems Rumpel is highly ranked among people’s villain tiers. Still, I wish each villain could get equal love in the community, rather than the hype often going to the same ones.

 

Magistrate from Ghost Story

Magistrate from Ghost Story

 

 Rumpelstiltskin from Fairytale

Rumpelstiltskin from Fairytale

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

I love seeing Binary Bard’s and Dr. Hare’s dreams in Super Villain Island. Another one is the Imperial Garden from Red Dragon — at one point, I even set it as my phone wallpaper because I loved it so much!

I also liked most of the scenes from Arabian Nights, which have some of my favorites to play through as well: catching Scheherazade as a genie, and being in her princess room. And I enjoy a good villain takedown — although I didn’t get to witness them from personal experience since the gameplay was difficult, it was fun watching Captain Crawfish, Binary Bard, Dr. Hare, and Black Widow getting defeated.

 

 Binary Bard’s dream (Super Villain Island)

Binary Bard’s dream (Super Villain Island)

 

 Imperial Garden (Red Dragon Island)

Imperial Garden (Red Dragon Island)

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

To me, it’s an equation: Pop changes = PHB changes. Every time Poptropica changes, the PHB does as well. So much has happened to the game over the years, and the community has evolved too. I’ve seen this mentioned often and completely agree that, with the end of Flash in 2020, many people lost interest in Pop, including myself.

Perhaps the pandemic had something to do with the game’s momentum slowing down. But despite the shifts, I’m still happy to see the PHB keep going, and parts of Pop still hanging onto some of its OG content.

 

Virus Hunter Island Eye

Eye Alone: Looking out from within.

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

I was really excited to see what would happen after I became a staff writer on the PHB. My PHB career surprised me because it sent huge waves of creativity that I never knew I had, plus it changed my writing style. Before joining the team, as a reader, I had zero creativity and zero interest in writing. I have to say thank you to Slanted Fish for this opportunity to write about something that I enjoy. After joining the PHB, I was inspired to continue writing, and even started my own blog.

 

World Warriors

World Warriors: Welcome back to the stage of history.

 

6. What inspires you?

Music, video games, family history, movies, TV shows — they all inspire me. As the saying goes: Inspiration is the key to success. Even watching other people writing inspires me.

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

The Pop community means a lot to me. It feels like another whole family to me. I love just watching everyone’s whole different approaches and ideas, and I feel like I helped inspire new guest writers on the blog. 

 

Arabian Nights Character Art

Turban Core: Into the heart of a den of thieves.

 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL? 

I would say Pop has influenced me a lot IRL. It not only brought back my creativity and love of writing, it also made me love trying out new games to enjoy on the web.

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about? 

I love my family, friends, teachers, and writing. They all just make me feel me

 

Arabian Nights Assets

Gallery: The writing is on the walls.

 

Favorites

  • Island: Skullduggery
  • Backstory/Lore: Dr. Hare’s origin story as a lead scientist who engineered a malfunctioning mind control device that turned him into an evil hare-y genius
  • Character: Harold Mews from Cryptids
  • Villain: Dr. Hare, Captain Crawfish, Black Widow, and Binary Bard
  • Costume: Dr. Hare costume

 

Poptropica Island Map Illustration

 

Harold Mews

 

Dr. Hare's Bio

Dr. Hare’s backstory from the 2011 Villain Showdown on the Pop Creators’ Blog

 


 

Thank you to the Pop Creators for inviting me to do this interview. I have had a blast playing Poptropica, keep up the great work!

 

Friday, October 21, 2022

Interview with Smart Bubbles from the Poptropica Creators 🫧

Meet MaryannTheConqueror, aka Smart Bubbles!

 

Smart Bubbles AKA MaryannTheConqueror's Mordred Corner

 

 

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

Like most older players, Funbrain is where it started for me. It was the main website Pop was advertised on, and I remember seeing it all the time there. I used to spend a lot of time on Funbrain as well!

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

Underrated – Probably Fiona from Ghost Story. Ghost Story had by far one of the best storylines in Poptropica and I miss it dearly, and she’s one I don’t see much of except for some fanart every blue moon.

 

I’m also going to quickly mention Binary Bard because — wait, wait, hear me out — the guy has a lot of fans, I’m aware. However, I’ll consider him underrated until his island is back and he has his own book series.

 

Overrated – Poor Dr. Hare’s getting a lot of flack this time, isn’t he? Ah well. He’s a pretty easy answer and to be fair, I do feel that for the main mascot of Pop, he’s definitely one of the simpler characters but don’t take this too seriously as you will soon find how VERY biased I am).

 

Fiona from Ghost Story Island

Fiona (right)

 

Dr. Hare's Dreamscape in Super Villain Island

Dr. Hare

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

I remember I used to go to the background of Poptropica Realms — when you exited out of a specific realm and just stared at all the mini worlds in bubbles — and listen to the ambience. The music and calm there was very sweet, and it was one of those rare times when you open a game but don’t really play it, instead just stopping to enjoy the scene.

I remember I used to go to the background of Poptropica Realms — when you exited out of a specific realm and just stared at all the mini worlds in bubbles — and listen to the ambience. The music and calm there was very sweet, and it was one of those rare times when you open a game but don’t really play it, instead just stopping to enjoy the scene.

 

Poptropica Realms Background

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

I’m one of the newest authors on the PHB, and while I had only posted a little bit before joining, I’ve actually lurked in this community since 2015! I read so many blogs, discovering any fan theories or creations that I could. At the time, I was pretty anxious about joining in the fandom, but I think I still got a decent view of what it was like.

I do feel the community is far less active recently. It’s sad to see the fan blogs slow down, but things have been a little slow. I remember enjoying many series from the PHB as well, including their seasonal magazine that has since retired, The POPCORN!

 

Ringmaster Raven fanart - "The Boy Nobody Wanted" by MaryannTheConqueror

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

I think people can have different reasons for any creative arts, including storytelling. For some, they just want to do something they enjoy and express themselves. While I feel that too, I’m also passionate about bringing emotions and inspiration to others.

I’ve been writing a concept script for a Poptropica TV series called “The Villain Saga” for a while now, which you can read on the PHB. It’s very much just for fun, but it brought me so much joy when I saw other Pop fans writing their own stories in a similar format!

 

Smart Bubbles AKA MaryannTheConqueror's "The Villain Saga" Original Script

 

6. What inspires you?

Nature is a massive thing for me. I love being in green forests, which is kind of hard as someone who lives in a desert! Music is also a huge source of inspiration for me — I tend to create things based more on emotions than general ideas, hence why I can have a futuristic comic inspired by a horror musical.

I’ve also been developing an interest in studying cultures around the world. I’m especially passionate about Japan and hope to travel there someday! Who knows, maybe I can even make some Poptropica stuff while I’m there… ;>

 

Arch Enemies: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Arch Enemies: Bridge over troubled water.

 

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

It’s a lot of fun to just be able to geek out about characters and nostalgia that just aren’t known or discussed outside of this community. I can create things and get feedback or practice ideas through fan creations, which in turn helps me improve my personal work.

 

2022 Poppies Awards by MaryannTheConqueror

Poppies 2022 by MaryannTheConqueror
 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL? 

I have to say my work outside of Pop hasn’t changed much before and after. I was an artist and writer before, and I still am. I was involved in the Pop community a bit before being invited to work on the PHB as well. That all being said, I find myself becoming more interested in writing articles on subjects I’m steeped in, such as gaming and fandom, and blogging with the PHB has absolutely given me more practice in those departments. And of course, collaborating on and creating projects inspires me even further!

 

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about? 

I love all kinds of music (listening, not writing, still haven’t got the hang of that). I hope to learn as many mediums of storytelling as possible, be they comics, animation, or novels. I have a deep love for bittersweet or just downright tragic stories. Astronomy also interests me, and while I don’t think I have the brainpower to study it as a profession, I love learning as many facts as possible!

 

Astro-Knights fanart - "Planets of Astro-Knights" by MaryannTheConqueror

“Planets of Astro-Knights” by MaryannTheConqueror

 

Favorites

 

  • Island: Astro-Knights. Astro-Knights Astro-Knights Astro-Knights. Ghost Story comes in second place though!

 

  • Backstory/Lore: This is going to come as a surprise to absolutely no one who’s read my posts or interacted with me — Mordred’s. I can joke till the end of time about how much of a Bard stan I am, but it’s actually not quite that. The guy’s pretty evil. He’d easily be one of the hardest to redeem. 

    But I love tragic characters, and I feel like he has quite the foundation to become one. There’s a lot to look into. Why did he start performing cruel experiments and rebelling against the kingdom? Will he continue to replace himself with cybernetic parts over time, and if so, at what point will he truly lose himself? Hehe. Yeah it’s a bit much. But he’s just got such a good base to construct ideas from!

 

Mordred fanart - "The Knowledge of the Stars" by MaryannTheConqueror

“The Knowledge of the Stars” by MaryannTheConqueror

 

  • Character: Mordred.
  • Villain: I imagine you’ll never be able to guess.

 

Mordred in Astro-Knights Island

Mordred in Astro-Knights Island

 

  • Costume: The Acidic Dinosaur. Nothing will ever beat it.

 

Acidic Dinosaur costume

Acidic Dinosaur

 


 

Funding for this post is provided by Harold Mews' bank account. If you'd like, you can check out more of my writing and art on the PHB. Pop on!

 

Castori honorem ~ Maryann/Smart Bubbles

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Guest Blog: Poptropican Heroes Part Three by Dizzy Feather 🪶

Hello Everyone,

 

Dizzy Feather here, and this is the third part of The Poptropican Heroes (catch up on parts one and two). Also, I'm pleased to announce that Shiny Flyer will be included in this fanfiction. Thank you to everyone who created a Character Outline, each and every one of them was such a blast to read, and I encourage you to keep yours in mind for the future. That said, I give you Part Three.

 

*Fade in* 

 

The Pink Knight is sitting on a pale pink bed dialing a phone sitting on a nearby table. A Flashback shows The Pink Knight standing in a room with the rest of the Poptropican Heroes. 

 

Mr. Carrot: What were you thinking?! You could have gotten yourself killed!

 

Pink Knight: I had it under control.

 

Love Knight: Even so, you should've been more careful, teaming up with villains is a very bad idea. 

 

 Pink Knight: I didn't team up with him, I merely got a little help from him. 

 

Purple Galaxy: Dizzy, you can't trust him, for all we know he could be leading you into a trap. 

 

The Pink Knight: I know, but what better option do I have?

 

Mr.Carrot: Continue doing what we were before you made a rash decision. 

 

Pink Knight: It was not a rash decision.

 

Plant Knight: She's right, she did prepare for it. 

 

Mr. Carrot: That may be so, but regardless, what she did was reckless and dangerous, and she will not be allowed back into that portal. 

 

The entire group breaks into a series of yelling, as the screen fades back to The Pink Knight sitting on her bed. 

 

Pink Knight: Hello, it's The Pink Knight here, I was just calling... Yes, I'm still alive ... Anyways, I was calling to see if you can sneak me back into that portal... yes, that's the one... Thank you so much!

 

The Screen fades onto a busy harbor where The Pink Knight is walking towards a Poptropican who has golden wings gently fluttering.

 

Shiny Flyer: You ready?

 

Pink Knight: You won't tell Purple Galaxy about this, will you?

 

Shiny Flyer: Not until you do.

 

Pink Knight: Good, let's get going. 

 

*Fade in*

 

Shiny Flyer and the Pink knight are making their way underground,The Pink Knight is holding a device in her hand that keeps making annoying beeps. 

 

Pink Knight: Almost there.

 

The Pink Knight stops and looks at the device she is holding.

 

Pink Knight: It says we're a little ways above the signal.

 

Suddenly the ground collapses below Shiny Flyer and the Pink Knight they land in the Mole People's throne room. 

 

Queen Bondo: INTRUDERS! GET RID OF THEM AT ONCE,WE DON'T NEED TO REPEAT WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME THEIR TYPE WAS HERE!

 

Pink Knight: Wait a minute, we're friendly, and what happened last time? 

 

*Fade out* 

 

 

Shiny Flyer

 

(Shiny Flyer)

 

Short part this time, but I'll be back next month with what will hopefully be the final part. In the meantime tell me what you think of this part in the comments below. 

 

One more thing before I go, last month I shared the prologue to The Adventures of Shy Owl, and since then, I have added two more episodes, so read the first episode here, and the second one here if you would like to. 

 

- Dizzy Feather

 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Interview with the Poptropica Help Blog's Purple Paw 💜🐾

Purple Paw's Popsona: Self Portrait

 

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

Surprise surprise, Funbrain! I’d been playing through our long lost friend, the Arcade, and had seen an ad for Pop on the side of the screen. My sister already knew a bit about it, and we set up a shared account. We continued playing together for a few years after that.

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

It’s near impossible to talk about overrated characters without mentioning Dr. Hare — 24 Carrot was but the beginning of his career. Personally, I also think Amelia gets a little more attention than she’s worth.

Dr. Hare in Hoptropica

Dr. Hare in Hoptropica

 

As for most underrated, I’d have to go with Captain Ziggs from Steamworks Island. He’s already gone by the start of the island, but we later learn that he raised the drawbridge to keep the plant monsters at bay before presumably being cornered in his apartment. It’s largely thanks to him that the citizens of Steamworks made it to their cryotubes in time. Quite the unsung hero!

Captain Ziggs from Steamworks Island

Captain Ziggs in Steamworks Island

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

It’s definitely difficult to choose, but in my eyes nothing beats Binary Bard’s dream from Super Villain Island. That galaxy artwork is spectacular, and the whole concept of the dream itself is so inventive! The Sacred Tree Hollow from Twisted Thicket, with its mystical forest aesthetic, ranks high on the list for me as well.

 

Super Villain Island - Binary Bard's Dream

Binary Bard’s dream

 

Twisted Thicket Island's Sacred Tree Hollow

Sacred Tree Hollow

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

It’s always shifting and changing alongside Pop itself. People will come and go often according to those changes; the end of Flash in 2020 brought both a resurgence of new fans excited for the future of the game, as well as those who became less active in the community after the loss of the classic islands. It’s amazing to see how long the PHB’s lasted and how many different people have come here over the years, whether they plant roots or just stop by briefly.

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

I’d say I’m most surprised by the sheer amount of ideas, endeavors, and incredible creations that have graced the PHB, during my time as a staff writer and before! Artwork, fanfic, crossovers, animations, fan islands, even fan-made games—there’s so much creativity in the Pop fandom and the PHB holds a good chunk of it.

I didn’t quite know what to expect when joining the staff team, but it’s been a great experience thus far. The support and interactivity that can come from posting my own ideas is really gratifying. I’m thankful to be a part of it!

 

Purple Paw's PopsonaPurple Paw's Popsona PortraitPurple Paw's Twisted Thicket Inspired Popsona

 

6. What inspires you?

As an artist myself, I’ve always been inspired first and foremost by other people’s artwork. I love viewing all the unique styles and methods of creating art and learning about how they’ve evolved throughout history. Getting outside and enjoying nature—whether by hiking, gardening, or finding a nice place to sit and enjoy the view—is a source of peace and inspiration for me as well.

 

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

A lot. It’s become a significant part of my life—alongside meeting a fair amount of my good online friends here, the community’s become an outlet through which to channel my creativity and to view other peoples’ creations as well. Poptropica’s highly nostalgic for me, and it’s really nice to know and interact with other people who relate to that.

 

Purple Paw's Mood BoardPurple Paw's Popsona PortraitPurple Paw's Monster Carnival Art

 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL?

Plenty of writings, ideas, and pieces of art from my earlier childhood and the present have been heavily inspired by Pop. I remember writing stories based on the events of Astro-Knights and Twisted Thicket, and I even attempted to write a whole play revolving around Night Watch (attempted being the keyword there… ahem). Its myriad of characters even helped me overcome my avoidance of drawing people!

Even now, I still find joy and comfort in the many amazing islands of Pop. It remains special to me, and I can say with certainty it’s made a huge impact on my life.

 

Purple Paw's Steamworks Dragon ArtPurple Paw's Madmoiselle Moreau ArtPurple Paw's Lunar Colony Popsona

 

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about?

My ungodly amount of art and writing projects. Even though I abandon them frequently, I still care about them equally and do my best to continue them whenever life (and my overactive brain) permits.

 

Favorites

  • Island: Cryptids
  • Backstory/Lore: Myron Van Buren’s family tree on his cabin wall
  • Character: Princess Elyana
  • Villain: Black Widow
  • Costume: Daphne Dreadnaught’s steampunk design

 

Purple Paw's Favorites

 


 

Massive thank you to Purple Paw for their wonderfully creative contributions to the Poptropica Help Blog and Pop community as a whole! See more of Purple Paw’s writing and art on the PHB! ✨

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Guest Blog: September News and More with Invisible Ring 💍✨

A breaking Poptropica news report is now live and ready to view.  Tune in now to find out what it is!

 

 

…But is that all the news a poptropican can give? Nope! This isn’t the first news report I’ve given here. THIS link is. The video you just saw is my 2nd news report.

 

 

This brings me to a very important question:  Which of these reports do you like better? The news link, or the news video? Leave a comment down below!

 

PS. Bonus question: Do you prefer reading the news or watching the news in general? (Or as a third option, do you just stay away from most news reports from any media and just go do something else?

 

 

You are welcome to leave a comment for this question as well; just play nice and have fun. …And I’ll be back again before you know it!