Community Creations: May 2017

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the May recap for Community Creations! This month’s theme was fairy tales and myths. The featured work is not in any particular order. Be sure to check out all the featured artists! 😉

No clue what’s going on? Go see our intro post.

Top 5 Picks

Fierce Flyer and the Dragon by Fierce Flyer

Fierce Flyer - Fierce Flyer and the Dragon

Bright colors evoke a great sense of adventure in this piece! Bringing to mind the dangers we all faced in islands like Astro-Knights, this drawing brings those emotions to life through this exciting scene. With all these bold colors, the rest of this epic adventure is left up to the imagination! Plus, don’t we all love spotted dragons? Perfect for our myth theme! Find his DeviantArt here.

Ghost Story by GoldenFox2019

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A beautiful, dark piece featuring the thrilling Ghost Story Island. The mist effects are wonderful and the glowing violin really draws in the viewer’s attention. I think Ghost Story Island holds a place in all of our hearts and it most certainly includes compelling myth elements. *Cue flashbacks of the “Are you looking for someone?” jump-scare* Find her DeviantArt here.

 Hulder by Lil’ Poptrystal (Elise)

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A unique combination of traditional and digital art has a great impact on this drawing. It also combines Poptropica with a lesser known mythological creature called a hulder. They are beautiful women who use their captivating singing voices to lure men into caves. You learn something new everyday, right? The piece’s spooky effects and fun portrayal of Twisted Thicket Island is breath-taking  (just like the hulder herself). Find her DeviantArt here.

Hanging Around for a Bit by IceSquared

IceSquared - Hanging Around for a Bit

Inspired by Early Poptropica, this cute play on the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk is hilarious. The simple colors and composition of the objects give off a great storybook vibe and even provide the impression of a book cover. Just wait until he gets to see that purple giant! The cartoon-ish design easily depicts a fun setting and tone. Find his DeviantArt here.

Mysteries, Myths, and Legends by Sporty Boa

Sporty Boa - Mysteries, Myths, and Legends

Covering pretty much all of our theme’s bases, this drawing includes your classic knight, a big name from Greek mythology of course, and even the Elf Queen herself. All three of which are prominent in the world of Poptropica! Simplistic in design it may be, but it does prove how wide Poptropica’s storytelling can reach. Well made! Find his Twitter here.

Honorable Mentions

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Super cool submissions like always guys! You make it hard to pick features every time. I love that I’m seeing a lot of regulars participate every month, but the more people the better! Can’t let the same people take the glory every month. 😉

June: How do I participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fic, realms, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is June’s theme? Junes’s theme is…

Poptropica Worlds!

Upon its recent release, Poptropica Worlds has sparked a lot of different reactions and opinions. Though most of us are still getting used to all the changes, that doesn’t mean we can’t use this even to spark artistic inspiration as well!

Draw some beautiful Crisis Caverns scenes, design a new outfit for your newly-styled Poptropican, show off how you decorated your house, and that’s just to name a few ideas! Remember that written work is also accepted, so come up with some creative ways to express your ideas on this big change!

Remember that you can submit not only drawings, but literature, costumes, etc. as well. And the more detail/backstory, the better! 😉

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArt, Twitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! While quality counts, I’m mainly looking for something to simply catch my eye, so don’t be afraid to join in!

So what are you waiting for? Go make something awesome! 😀

~SD

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Pop Petition: What We Want From Pop Worlds

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Hey Poptropicans, Spotted Dragon here, and I’m here to kick off a new PHB series!

Pop Petitions, a new PHB post series, will focus on what we (both the PHB team and all of you, the community) want to see changed or added in Poptropica (and/or its surrounding community). Or should I now say, Poptropica Worlds?

Yep, the cat is finally out of the bag and, as of this week, Poptropica Worlds was released the public. It’s not completely polished up yet, but we can at least see what direction the game is headed in from our first look at it!

There have been a lot of changes to what we all know and love from the classic game, but are all these changes necessarily bad? Lots of mixed emotions from everyone in the community on this, that’s for sure. So today, we’ll talk about some of the things that we want to see added to Poptropica Worlds.

#1: Costumizer

Yep, we all noticed it was gone… the Costumizer. We got to see a lot of cool new characters in Pop World’s release, along with a ton of new outfits, but no real way to get all of them. Sure, there was the customization of your character when you first log in, and there will always be the clothes in the store, but what happens when we get jealous of the people we meet on our adventures?

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It’s a classic feature that I’m sure everyone wants back. Right now, I think it’s been tricky for everyone to get their Poptropican’s original look back, and adding this feature would be a step in the right direction, considering that some store apparel is limited to members only.

#2: Colorizer

Another classic feature that allows for infinite customization: the Colorizer! We all know the struggle right now of how tough it can be getting exactly the right skin and hair color for our avatars. Just like the Costumizer, the addition of this feature would really help us personalize our Poptropicans, so I for one hope it gets brought back.

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I mean… what happens when I get the urge to virtually dye my hair? We’ve had a Colorizer on Home Island in the past, so it doesn’t seem like a stretch for it to be put back in the game.

#3: Friends

Adding friends, as well as customizing your own profile, has become a large part of Poptropica. It was fun to customize what your friends were wearing, earn photos from different islands, add costumes to your closet if you could, and so much more. But where has it gone?

Friends, statues, fires and babies.

Before, not only could you add friends, but you could also create multiverses, show off your personality, and more from your profile. Perhaps there could be better ways to personalize your account, and that might be something they’re working on, but it was definitely a nice feature to play around with when taking a break from an island.

#4: Multiverse

Similar to adding friends, Multiverse rooms have always been a fun way to meet up with your pals. Whether it was a random room or an intentionally created party room, Multiverses have always been a big part of the game. You could battle other Poptropicans in head-to-head games, or just relax and chat if you wanted to.

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Adding onto Multiverses, I think it would be cool to have more options when it comes to interacting with friends. Maybe we could invite people to our cool new homes to party?

#5: Home Expansions & Home Island Features

One big new thing that Poptropica Worlds brought us was definitely our houses. Which makes sense, since we have a “Home Island,” right? Anyway, there are currently ways to customize your house, but only with what’s already there. What if we run out of room for our merch? It’s a problem I strongly relate to in the real world.

I think we could definitely benefit from house expansions, and if the locked doors inside our houses are any indicator, perhaps this feature is already on its way – so start saving those credits!

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Not only would I like to see more house options, but I’d also like to see more features on Home Island itself. In the past, we’ve had the “New You” shop, the “Shop” (store), the photo booth, arcade, and most recently, a movie theater. While the theater was disappointing to most, it would be nice to make the island feel more like a home, with more interactive buildings (a Multiverse perhaps?).


These are just some of the perks that we (the PHB team) want to see, but what about you guys? What do YOU want to see added to Poptropica Worlds? Anything you aren’t liking so far? The new style is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean we can’t throw some other cool ideas out there.

But first things first, right? Let’s see more ISLANDS get added! 😀

~SD

Community Creations: April 2017

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the April recap for Community Creations! This month’s theme was original characters. The featured work is not in any particular order. Be sure to check out all the featured artists! 😉

By the way, remember to tag me in some way when submitting work!!! There may have been entries I missed this time around because I didn’t see some of them.

No clue what’s going on? Go see our intro post.

Top 5 Picks

Adventure Awaits by GoldenFox2019

GoldenFox2019 - Adventure Awaits

These bright, beautiful colors really make this piece pop (pun intended). The dramatic sunset gives off a real sense of adventure, something that Poptropica is no stranger to. It also features Blue Raptor, the artist’s OC of course, who has a great yet simple design. And we can’t forget the iconic blimp! Find their DeviantArt here.

The Current PHB Authors by IceSquared

IceSquared - The Current PHB Popsonas

A classy lineup that sadly isn’t incredibly accurate anymore. Still, this is a perfect way to permanently represent the early 2017 PHB OC’s. I may be biased in choosing this piece, but I mean hey, every great artist needs a great muse or two, right? Despite my persuaded opinion, this drawing is genuinely well made and does a great job expressing the emotion in each figure. Find their DeviantArt here.

Poprocks – The Villains by SuperFlameKitty

SuperFlameKitty aka Bronze Dragon - Poprocks The Villains

This demonstrates a totally unique art style that really catches the eye. The dark background really makes the bright (yet still eerily dark) figures stand out. Each of these OC’s even has a different island they are the villain of, which you can learn more about here. The detail in design as well as the original backstories really make this piece deserve a feature. Find their DeviantArt (complete with dark humor) here.

So! Many! OC’s! by Criaha

Criaha - So Many OC's

Who can pick just one OC when you have so many amazing characters to choose from? Just one glance at this drawing and you can tell that the artist spent lots of time and effort in it. With over 60 unique characters, each one has a different identity filled with detail. Find their DeviantArt here.

Balloon Ride by BeanSkelly aka Dana Kelly

BeanSkelly aka DanaKelly - Balloon Ride

A thrilling scene with great emotion and movement. The Poptropica Comics style matches very well with the environment and the weather really makes you think about what it would really be like in a blimp all the time. All the OC’s look delightful and the colors really add to the mood. Find their DeviantArt here and here.

Honorable Mentions

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This has got to be one of the most difficult months for me yet because there were so many breath-taking creations. All your Poptropicans are so cool!!! No matter if you made it into this post or not, I hope that you participate in May! 😉

May: How do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fic, realms, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is May’s theme? May’s theme is…

Fairy Tales and Myths!

Fairy tales and myths are constantly inspiring modern day stories and I think it’s really cool that so many plots and lessons have been kept up for so long. Potpropica is no exception to this passing of folklore, as we see in many islands regarding Greek mythology, vampires, ghosts, etc. So what better time than now to let these fables inspire our art as well?

You can create things relating to ancient mythology, Grimm fairy tales, religious/cultural stories, fictitious creatures, etc. That means Gods/Goddesses, vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and much, much more. The only limits are your imagination and how you can relate all these ideas to Poptropica!

Remember that you can submit not only drawings, but literature, costumes, etc. as well. And the more detail/backstory, the better! 😉

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArt, Twitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! I’m mainly looking for something to catch my eye, so you don’t have to be any perfect artist or anything.

So what are you waiting for? Go make something! 😀

~SD

Today Only: Wimpy Kid / Poptropica Flash Giveaway!

Hey guys! SD here with some flashy news!

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Today and today only, Poptropica has teamed up with Abrams, the publishing house of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, to bring a cool giveaway to us.

As you may know, the Wimpy Kid inspired islands are April’s Islands of the Month and that of course is because April is Wimpy Kid Month! Right now, these islands are open to everyone, not just members as they usually are the rest of the year – so take advantage of that while you can! 😉

But more on this giveaway, right? By entering on WimpyKid.com today (April 12), you might just be able to win a Poptropica-Wimpy Kid prize pack! In this pack, you’ll get:

  • A 6-month membership to Poptropica.
  • Copies of Cabin Fever and Dog Days, the books that inspired the Wimpy Kid Poptropica games.
  • The first three books of the NYT bestselling Poptropica graphic novel series: Mystery of the Map, The Lost Expedition, and The Secret Society.
  • A Dr. Hare plush toy.

To enter, go to the Wimpy Kid Giveaway page and click on the 12, which is today’s date. Just fill in the information, and you’ve entered! But if you’re under the age of 18, remember to get a parent or guardian’s permission first. 😛

If you’re a huge Wimpy Kid fan, the site is having other giveaways this month too, but this one is currently the only Poptropica-related one, so you better act fast, Poptropicans! Good luck to everyone! 😀

In other news, the PHB is sad to announce the departure of one of our staff writers, Perfect Sky. PS leaves us with a brief word, posted below:

The main reason I made this decision is because I just don’t have enough time to keep up with blogging and everything that’s going on in the community. With other priorities in real life, I don’t think I’ll have time for everything here, nor will I have the time to start my own blog.

I haven’t necessarily lost interest in Poptropica itself – while there are definitely recent updates with the game that I’ve been disappointed by, I’m sure I’ll still log on to Pop occasionally and replay classic islands in the future. After all, it’s hard to immediately totally forget about a game you’ve had over 9 years of memories with.

For now, you can still find me on Discord and Twitter, and I’ll continue to read and support blogs in the Poptropica community.

In addition to her blogging endeavors, PS is also known among the community for her super creative Poptropica movies, which you can find on her YouTube channel, PoptropicaPerfectSky. You will be missed around here, Perfect Sky! ✨

~ the PHB ~

Community Creations: March 2017

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the March recap for Community Creations! This month’s theme was nature. The featured work is not in any particular order. 😉

No clue what’s going on? Go see our intro post.

Top 5 Picks

Welcome to Poptropica by DanaKelly AKA BeanSkelly

Bean Skelly - Welcome to Poptropica

A beautifully colored piece that perfectly represents the awe-inspiring, mysterious world of Poptropica. Based on the style of the Poptropica Comics, the mood this design gives off is adventurous and amazing. Find their DeviantArt here (and here).

Poptropical Explorer Costume by Sticky Clown

Sticky Clown - Poptropical Explorer Costume

Not only is this submission unique in the fact that it’s a costume instead of a drawing, but it also perfectly capture’s this month’s nature theme. Poptropica is a world meant to be explored and this costume is 100% prepared to do just that. Find their Gravatar here.

A Fight in the Night by ANNE14TCO

ANNE14TCO - A Fight in the Night

A very cool looking setting that gives off yet another very interesting mood. The lighting sets a rather ominous tone and everything really seems to tell a story. While nature can be beautiful, I like how this design shows its dark side. Plus, this just proves how everyone can improve their talents because this piece is actually a redone older drawing! Find their DeviantArt here.

Ocean Travels by HappyCloneTrooper

HappyCloneTrooper - Ocean Travels

As Poptropicans, we are constantly traveling the world in our blimps and so I really like the route this drawing took. The horizon scene is breath-taking and the full moon’s light is wonderful. The ocean is a huge part of nature and the night sky makes it look incredible! Find their DeviantArt here.

Heart of the Forest by Criaha

Criaha - Heart of the Forest

Twisted Thicket art of course isn’t surprising, but while it’s an obvious topic choice it also leads to simply amazing creations. The lighting used here is astonishing and the entire atmosphere takes the viewer away to a forest full of imagination. This totally captures the feeling of wonder in Poptropica as well as the calm, inspiring aspects of the island it’s referencing. Find their DeviantArt here.

Honorable Mentions

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Once again, creative submissions from everyone! I hope to see even more next month. 😛

April: How do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fic, realms, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is April’s theme? April’s theme is…

Original Characters!

Oh how we love our OC’s in this fandom… Anyway, I know that there is a good amount of hate swimming through the community now and again but getting past all that, I want to focus on how friendly our community is! And since April is such a beautiful (yet rainy) month for a lot of us, I decided the theme should reflect that sense of blooming.

Original characters include any and all of your Poptropica avatars, your friends’ avatars, and any other unique characters that YOU came up with. That means no one necessarily canon. I hope that this theme encourages you to draw creative designs and include many of your friends and other bloggers! Remember that you can submit not only drawings, but literature costumes, etc. as well. And the more detail/backstory, the better! 😉

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArt, Twitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! Remember that I’m mainly looking for something to catch my eye, so you don’t have to be any perfect artist or anything.

So what are you waiting for? Go make something! 😀

~SD

A Whole New World: A Whole New Avatar

Hey everyone, Spotted Dragon here with overused puns as usual! Believe me, I know that Aladdin has been referenced way too much when we talk about Poptropica Worlds around here, but the title was just waiting to be used.

Anyway, the PHB isn’t the only thing around here with a new look! 😀

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The Creators provided us with a new post earlier today explaining how our Poptropicans’ looks will be changing when Poptropica Worlds rolls around. While we already saw the avatar’s new look in the trailer, this post does explain it a bit more clearly.

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See what I mean? We already knew that our characters would be earning themselves some hands and shoes, but it looks like their whole looks will be more defined.

Some key changes:

  • Growth spurts (taller avatars – the legs are more proportional)
  • Joints (including more realistic movement, presumably)
  • Feet (with shoes)
  • Hands (of course! and Oliver is wearing a wristwatch – suggesting more customization options in that area)

Since Unity and Spine will be used when making Poptropica Worlds, our Poptropicans will supposedly be much more customizable.

As seen in the image above, the 4-fingered hands will have 4 different positions, of which will change depending on the movement of your character. This will hopefully lead to nicer looking animation, like the running that’s shown.

Though there are some conflicting opinions on all this change, there is no denying that the announcement of hands has left everyone on YouTube excited in one way or another.

Poptropica Worlds has been controversial lately, but I have to say I am trying to stay optimistic. I like that the art style is still clearly “Poptropica” even though more detail has been added. I’m hoping this improvement in art reflects the other “improvements” and changes being made.

While this is it for now, the Creators have promised more sneak peeks into Poptropica Worlds in the next few weeks! Let’s hope the update comes out as scheduled this time, right? 😉

~SD

Community Creations: February 2017

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Why hello everyone! So, how is everyone liking the new series? As of right now, I think it’s been going pretty well. There are so many amazingly talented artists in our li’l fandom. ❤

Anyway, getting right to it, here is the February recapThis month’s theme was shipping. The featured work is not in any particular order. 😉

Top 5 Picks

The Stars, They Remind Me of You by Criaha

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A very beautiful piece. Not only does it represent the LGBT community with an adorable ship between Black Widow and Criaha’s own Fearless Popper (a ship I’ve fallen in love with), but the creative starry night theme was brilliantly executed. Find her DeviantArt here.

Why Dr. Hare Shouldn’t be Cupid by ArtisticAsianBunny

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Just… adorable. It highlights Valentine’s Day with some much needed humor and the overall style is wonderful. This ship is super cute and I could totally see this scene happening. Find her DeviantArt here.

SD and a Narwhal (Not the official name) by Yumi-Chan-Chu

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I may be a little biased on this one, but this is freaking adorable. I recognize that not everyone in the community is into full on shipping, so I admire this piece for showing love but not romance. The drawing and colors are great and hey I mean the Poptropican she chose is pretty cool. Find her DeviantArt here.

Movie Night by Honeybox360

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Now this is a ship you don’t see everyday. Based on a unique Poptropica AU (which ships Speeding Spike x Ned Noodlehead), this really brings out the softer side of some of our favorite characters. The lighting is great and the piece just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Find her DeviantArt here.

First Date by BlazingAngel123

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Ah, the Bashful Sword x Sir Rebral ship has always been another favorite of mine. I feel like this piece perfectly sums up the emotions of what a lot of people go through on a first date. Shipping isn’t always easy, right? The dialogue and expressions are great. Find her DeviantArt here.

Honorable Mentions

And that’s it! Honestly, all of the entries were incredible, narrowing it down was tough. I can’t wait to see more of the creative talent to come! 😉

March: How do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fic, realms, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is March’s theme? March’s theme is…

NATURE!

For many of us in the northern hemisphere, spring is here, and it’s prime time to celebrate the beauty that comes with it. For ideas, a lot of Poptropica’s scenes and background art are breath-taking. I think this could not only be an inspiration for cool drawings, but also literature, realms, photo booth pics, and more.

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArt, Twitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! Remember that I’m mainly looking for something to catch my eye, so you don’t have to be any perfect artist or anything.

So what are you waiting for? Go make something! 😀

~SD