Issue #20: October 2014

Issue #20
Date: October 5th, 2014

★The Popcorn★

Munch on the PHB’s pop-pop-Poptropica fan magazine!

Welcome to the 20th issue of the Poptropica Help Blog’s fan magazine, The POPCORNThe POPCORN is a delicious amalgamation of Poptropica treats from fanfiction, artwork, and everything in between. Art marked with a star (★) are hand-selected rather than submitted. Enjoy!

Ask PHB

We’ve selected a couple of Poptropica-related questions from our e-mail inbox this month to answer… and here’s what we’ve got.

I can’t stand my Pop username, and I can’t find a way to change that! Can I change my user on Pop? ~Wild Shark

Sadly, there is currently no way to change your Poptropica username. The only option is to make a new account.

I was just wondering how you add codes in the iOS iPad/iPhone version of Poptropica? I would really love to get some of these awesome costumes but I don’t have a computer, just my iPad. ~Sam King

At the moment, there is no way to redeem prizes from codes off of merchandise on the mobile app. If you don’t have a computer, try signing into Poptropica.com on your mobile device with a flash running browser like Puffin (there’s a free version! 😀 ) and redeeming your costumes there.

Monthly Poptropica News

Read a monthly review of the newest happenings on Poptropica — you may find something you might have missed in the past month (September 2014)!

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Stories

What’s going on in the fictional fan-created universes of Poptropica?

The Story of Bony Catfish: Episode #1: by Bony Catfish

I am by myself, in my house. Why? Because, I never knew who my mother was, my father was dead, and my sister, Silver Catfish, got kidnapped, by this horrible, cold, evil organization whose name I forgot because it was a long time ago. Yeah, so I basically have no family. Got a problem with that? So surprised no one but the people I trust know I am an 11 year old, by herself in her house.

Yeah, I have friends. 3 of them. Brave Dolphin, Strange Owl, and Friendly Leopard. The great supporters of life. They have almost everything I don’t have, but the two most that stick out are:

A family.

and

A life

The second one startled me. I have a life, but not a worthwhile one. As for family… yeah, basically, no family at all.

I grabbed my cell from my bed and texted my friends on my cell. “Go meet me @ the H”

What was the H, you ask? The “H” was our hangout place, which was the clubhouse we made when we were little kids. Surprisingly, it’s still there, in good shape. It was basically a shed, which we thought was so dull, we putted color. We had signs and everything. But that was only when the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the birds were chirping.

I put my phone down, grabbed my jacket, grabbed my phone, putted it in my jacket pocket, grabbed the house keys, and got outside. I was running there (I’m a fast runner, you should see me sometime). I see I was already late because BD, SO, and FL were already there, before me.

“What took you so long?” Friendly grunted. At this point, she wasn’t as “friendly” as I thought. Despite her name, she is barely friendly, but she can be at occasions.

“My house is pretty far. I could’ve rode my bike, but I was too lazy,” I replied.

“Uh, Bony…” BD said.

“Yes, BD?”

“You don’t have a bike…”

GAH! She caught me in a lie. I stood there, speechless. Impressive.

“Ah, so lying then, huh?” FL glared at me, “we know you don’t have a bike, so you just use some excuse for you being late”

“But, well, uh-“

“Just tell us the truth. It wasn’t like it was a secret or anything,” FL shrugged.

Strange Owl sat there, quietly. She was pretty shy at times, but when she’s not, she’s pretty boppy and peppy and all that. The truth is, I don’t know how she and I became friends.

It was silent.

silence

silence

silence

silence 

I look at my watch. 5:57 pm.

“So, anyone wanna go have dinner?” I ask.

“Sure,” BD answered

“I guess so,” FL answered

“No, I’ll go home,” Strange Owl said.

“Bye then,” I said

“Bye”

She was gone.

“Bananabees, on me. Then, if you guys want, we could go to coconut cafe. Sounds good?”

“I guess…” BD and FL said.

“Hold on… how are we going to get there?” FL asked, curious.

“We have that golf cart from last time,” I answered

“No, no, no, we’re not going to use that thing,” FL said, with a nervous feeling in the way she said “thing”.

“Yes, I agree. Last time we used it, we almost got a ticket. A ticket! We almost got arrested!” BD said, over exaggerating a bit.
“Oh, c’mon,” I said, “what will we use then as ‘transportation’ “
“Oh fine! We’ll use it then!” BD insist.
“You have got to be kidding me,” FL said, under her breath.
“I’ll drive!” I insist.
“No!” BD and FL said in unison.
We got on, fastening our seat belts, and BD was the one driving. Since they were in the Pop plaza, it took a while, 36 minutes to be exact, plus traffic. We finally got there.
“So hungry,” I said.
We came in. Lots of people were there, talking and such. I see two guys, one with this fancyish hair, and one with the “mop style” hairstyle. We sat down, and looked at the menu.
“Wow, BC, you took us to a very  fancy place,” FL said, impressed.
“Yep. The best I could do for all of us. You guys are the best,” I said
“But, isn’t it expensiv-“
“Who cares about the money?”
“But-“
“Relax, I have enough to cover for all of us”
“I could pay when we get to the coconut-“
“Like I said, FL, I have enough” I assured her
“You sure?”
“Yes”
The waiter came near our table.
“Hi, I am Slippery Raptor, for waiter for today. What can I get for you?”
“Um, uh, you can get me the Chicken fingers with the fries please,” I stuttered, mostly. I blushed.
“I would like the cheese burger, with fries please,” Friendly said.
“And I would like to have the chicken garden salad please. I’m a vegetarian, by the way,” BD said. Is she trying to flirt with him?
He was writing our orders down on a piece of paper “Heh heh. Can I get anything else?” he asked, generously.
I was about to say “No, we’re good. Thanks for asking”, but FL stopped me.
“Nah, we’re good”
“Okay then. Comin’ right up”
He went back to the kitchen.
We were waiting for our orders. Finally, they came. We were eating our food. So delicious. We were done our food. We cleaned up after ourselves.
“Have a good day,” the hostess said.
“You too!” We said in unison. We then “drove” to Coconut Cafe, which was in Shark Tooth city. We were there in 10 minutes. We came in
the cafe. We found a table.
“So, what can I get for you guys?” The waitress asked.
“I would like to have a strawberry coolatta,” BD said, of course, with her obsession of coolattas.
“I would like a mango smoothie,” FL said.
“Blech!” I said, “mangoes”
“Shush!” FL said, with a glare.
I broke the chain of smoothies and fruit drinks “I would like to have a mint cookies and cream milkshake” that was my favorite flavor of milkshake.
“Blech!” FL said, “mint cookies and cream milkshakes”
“Can you not,” I said, with a glare.
“Hey, do it to me and I do it to you,” FL shrugged.
“Guys… can you stop?” BD asked, as if she was so sick of it.
“Fiiiine!” We both said in unison.
“Okay then, anything else? the waitress asked.
“Nope, that’s it” I said.
We were waiting for 10 minutes. We finally got our orders.
“There you go!” the waitress said.
We were drinking our delicious drinks, mine was probably so delicious, but that’s just my opinion.
We were done in 20 minutes. We grabbed our jackets, and went out. We heard a girl who looked our age with pink hair crying.
We went up to her “What’s the matter?” we asked
“Our family is moving?” she responded
“Moving where?” FL said
“I don’t know. My parents said it was in a neighborhood, but I don’t know which one” she said
“Ohhh. I have a question” I said
“Yes?” the girl said, in a curious tone
“What’s your name?” I asked
“What’s yours?” The girl asked.
We introduced ourselves “Oh, my name is Bony Catfish” I said
“Friendly Leopard” FL said, waving
“Brave Dolphin” BD said, with a cheerful tone
“So, what’s yours?” I asked

“Magic Fire. It’s so nice to meet you guys.”

//

Agent Spencer vs Dr. Hare – part 1: by Captain Spencer

I was on my desktop looking at the Poptropica Help Blog. A notification popped on my screen. An email. Oh no, not your ordinary Victoria’s Secret subscription email, an email from the PIA. (The Poptropica Intelligence Agency). What did they want from me? I was off the job. I hesitantly clicked on the email. It read:

Hello Agent Spencer,

We are emailing you because we have nobody else for the job. Please come to work today. There’s something going on in the PHB server’s, and we are going to need your help. Please come tomorrow at 9:00am. Bring NO ONE!

~ Lieutenant Blake
It seemed fishy enough. Not the slanted kind, no. Something I’ve never felt before. Was it fear? No, couldn’t be. I’m not afraid of the job. I miss it. I was eager to get back to work. But why? I hated that job, after the incident such a long time ago with Puter-Boy and Myron Van Buren. (You can read the extended files on the Poptropica Police Network.) I was looking at the PHB and it looked just find. I wonder what was going on? I started scrolling through the archives when I noticed something on one of Juyo’s post. It said: 01001001 00100000 01100001 01101101 00100000 01110011 01110100 01101001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101 00101110. What could it mean? I went to Holmes for help.

Me: Oh come on Holmes, just decode the message.
Holmes: Not after last time.
Me: And why not?
Holmes: The last time I helped you were captured by a psychopathic human hunter, and I won’t let that happen again.
Me: Please Holmes, you can trust me. I just need to know what the code means, that’s it.
Holmes: Promise you won’t go into Agent Spencer mode?
Me: I promise
I cross my fingers behind my back and feel the tension become guilt.
Holmes: Processing…
Holmes: I am still here.
Me: Huh?

I am still here, I thought. Who is still here? I went back to the office behind Holmes’ back and kept on looking farther and farther at the archives. I found a piece of binary code on the Codien Spray on Beard contest. It said: 01000100 01110010 00100000 01001000 00100000 01101000 01100001 01110011 00100000 01110010 01100101 01110100 01110101 01110010 01101110 01100101 01100100 00101110.

But what does it mean? I can’t ask Holmes for help, he will know what’s up. I decided to go to Elsewhere Prison on Super Villain Island. They had captured all the villians that escaped after Dr.Jupiter/ Zeus released them all from their dream state. I walked in and looked around. Two officers approached me and they saw my badge. They backed away. “Have any of you seen the Binary Bard?”.

They all started at me blankly. “Mordred?”. One of the officers, who happened to be a woman, not in a woman can’t be cops kind of way, but she was brave enough to show me his cell, which was surprising. “He’s being kept here. I think after all this time his evil has returned, but we cannot be sure.”. I walked in and she shut the door behind me. He was sitting in the corner, muttering to himself.

Bard: Oh, its you.
Me: Yea, its me.
Bard: So what? Here to take away my free will again? My evil totem? Want to destroy my lifes’ work too?
Me: Yea, about that. I actually need help with a little something…
I showed him the code but he refused to tell me. I was getting angry now.
Me: Mord- Binary Bard. Please tell me. I can’t crack it on my own.
Bard: You know you can just use a Free Binary Translator on the internet, right?
Me: Oh, seriously?
Bard: Yea dude.
Me: Oh man, if I knew tha-
Mordred interrupted me.
Bard: No no, it’s fine. I’ll tell you. I don’t like the rabbit either.
Me: What are you talking about?
Bard: Oh right, the code. It transates to:
Dr. H has returned.
Oh, oh my gosh. This cannot be. First deep space, then a secret lab, then a prison, and now he’s managed to hack the PHB’s servers?
Didn’t think the Hare had it in him either.
Me: I’ll… be back.
Bard: Looking forward to it.
I walked out of the prison cell quickly.
Officer 1: Oh, you actually survived? That’s pretty cool.
Me: Has there been a recent disappearance in the prison? Anyone escape?
Officer 1: Actually, there was one prisoner who was never re-captured.
Me: Dr. Hare?
Officer 1: His extended villain file on our official website calls him Professor Harry, but yes. Him/
Me: Thanks… Have you alerted any of the islands? The government?
Officer 1: Just worry about your own job, kid.
Lightning flashed behind me as I was walking back to the blimp and thunder roared in the distance. I hopped on to the blimp. I figured the closest place with Internet Access was the Internet Cafe on Nabooti, Safari.
I need to warn the PHB, it’s the on- 01001000 01001111 01010111 00100000 01010111 01001001 01001100 01001100 00100000 01010100 01001000 01001001 01010011 00100000 01010011 01010100 01001111 01010010 01011001 00100000 01000101 01001110 01000100 00111111 00100000 01010111 01001001 01001100 01001100 00100000 01000100 01010010 00101110 01001000 01000001 01010010 01000101 00100000 01000101 01010110 01000101 01010010 00100000 01010011 01010100 01001111 01010000 00100000 01001000 01000001 01000011 01001011 01001001 01001110 01000111 00100000 01010100 01001000 01000101 00100000 01010000 01001000 01000010 00111111 00100000 01010111 01001000 01001111 00100000 01001011 01001110 01001111 01010111 00111111 00100000 01000110 01001001 01001110 01000100 00100000 01001111 01010101 01010100 00100000 01001110 01000101 01011000 01010100 00100000 01010100 01001001 01001101 01000101 00100000 01001111 01001110 00111010 00100000 01010000 01001111 01010000 01000011 01001111 01010010 01001110 00100000 01001001 01010011 01010011 01010101 01000101 00100000 01001110 01001111 01010110 01000101 01001101 01000010 01000101 01010010 00100000 00110010 00110000 00110001 00110100ly ho-01000010 01110111 01100001 01101000 01100001 01101000 01100001 00100001 00100000 01000100 01110010 00101110 00100000 01001000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101000 01100001 01110011 00100000 01101000 01100001 01100011 01101011 01100101 01100100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01100101 01100100 01101001 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01010000 01001000 01000010 00100111 01110011 00100000 01010000 01101111 01110000 01100011 01101111 01110010 01101110 00100001 00100000 00111010 00101001pe they got! I hope he hasn’t damaged any important files!

Come back next month for part 2!

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Video Recap

Watch the best Poptropica videos from September 2014!

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Fan Art

Check out the creativity of these Poptropica artists!

Poptropica Just Got Electric (music video): by Bony Catfish

Red Flame the Curious: by Bony Catfish

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Twin Gangster Teens doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: by Massive Fish, Calm Biker, and Super Drummer

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Dr. Hare Sketches: by Smart Bean

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Self Portrait: by Perfect Dragon

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Dr. Hare doodle: by Captain Spencer

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Welcome to the Monster Carnival: by DragonAura15

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When the Nokken Comes A-Knocking: by DragonAura15

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Poptropica Villains: by Anime-Youtube-Jpop

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The Princess of the Kingdom of Arturus: by Anime-Youtube-Jpop

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Take a look at our main magazines page for more information about the PHB’s POPCORN magazine issues and learn how you can submit an entry too! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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28 thoughts on “Issue #20: October 2014

    • Slanted Fish says:

      Did a double-check and found your fan art and music video – sorry that they were missed earlier! They’ve now been added in. Also, no costumes were sent in this round, which is why there aren’t any. 😛

  1. Funny Monster says:

    Luvin it. Especially the stories guys, awesome. Wasnt this going to be the last one in a long time, tho? (not that i want that)

  2. Small Storm says:

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  3. Captain Spencer says:

    Wow, that art was awesome! The stories were the best, though. -smirks and winks- Man, I wish Binary wasn’t so long, it made the entire story seem kinda messy. Meh, who cares. Great edition, everyone at the PHB! c;

  4. Muddy Kid the Smartest Retro says:

    Hey, guys! How can I make a PMV, like the last few issues? (Poptropica Music Video)

    PS: The Fan Art was AWESOME!!!

  5. Silver Wolf says:

    I’ve tried Puffin before, but it only showed half of Poptropica’s screen. I contacted Puffin, hoping they could fix it, but they said that some Flash websites do that due to coding. :c And I really like all of the fan art sent in, especially DragonAura15!

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