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 18, 2022

New Conversion: Survival 3 Is Now Available! 🥶📻

Before the start of your holiday break, we a special surprise for everyone! We’re ecstatic to finally share the good news with you, Poptropicans! This one’s a double whammy…

 

Survival Island, Episode 3: Distress Signal, has been converted and is available to members

 

It's official! The wait is over – Survival Island, Episode 3 is NOW AVAILABLE! Members can now play Survival’s Episode 3: Distress Signal on desktop and mobile! Once you’ve finished the island’s first two episodes, you’re invited to embark on the third leg of the island's adventure. 🗺

 

Survival Island, Episode 3's intro popup. The graphic shows a Poptropican looking up at an abandoned radio tower. The caption reads, "You've found an old radio antenna. Now find a way to call for help!"

 

Continue your feat of endurance through the Yukon and search for opportunities for survival. You’re going to have to get crafty with your skills – supplies are limited and your only hope is calling for help from an abandoned radio tower. Are you up for the challenge?

 

Not only has Episode 3 made its long awaited return, but we've got one more surprise up our sleeve. As a treat for the entire Poptropica community, Episode 2: Hook, Line & Sinker has been opened to all players! 🥳

 

Survival Island, Episode 2: Hook, Line & Sinker, is now open to all players! The image features the Survival logo and forest outline in the foreground with a beaver sitting atop a pile of wood in the background.

 

Previously limited to members only, the second installment of Survival Island is now free to play for everyone. Push through the pain of your crash landing, you’ve got to survive! The winter is unforgiving for Poptropicans that must endure life in the Yukon with limited resources. Regardless of your prior experience, you’re going to learn to fish or die trying! 🎣

 

Who’s excited for the latest conversion?! Share your reactions with your fellow players in the comments below. Happy surviving, Poptropicans! 📻

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Cast Your Votes for Free Returning Costumes With 2022's Costume Rewind! 🤩⏮

Welcome back, Poptropicans!

 

Can you believe this year is nearing its end? We’re counting down the days ‘til 2023 (44 days, in case you’re wondering)!

 

Before this year comes to a close, it’s time for the Baron’s 2022 Costume Rewind! This is your chance to claim this year’s costume contest winners you might’ve missed out on – all for free! 🥳

Simply choose 3 player designed costumes that you’d like to see in the Airship’s Cabin of Curiosities next month. The most popular costumes will return for a limited time this December! (Did we mention they’ll be free?!)


Cast your votes by Tuesday, November 29th @ 8pm PST (9pm MST, 10pm CST, and 11pm EST)! ⬇️
 

 

Friendly reminder Poptropicans – the Holly Jolly Holiday Design Contest ends TONIGHT, November 16th! Enter your costume, clubhouse decorations, followers, and pet costume designs by tonight at 8pm PST (9pm MST, 10pm CST, and 11pm EST) via the Submissions Page! ⏳

 

Poptropica's Holly Jolly Holiday Contest announcement, featuring 2 players exchanging gifts in front of a huge present pile, pine trees, and a snow bank.

 

Every year, the first 12 days of December are dedicated to a rapid-fire prize-palooza to thank our members for their support.  For the first time ever, all players are invited to join us in designing prizes for our annual 12 Days of Member Gifts! 🎁

 

As a reward, 12 winners will be selected and have their holiday designs brought to life in Poptropica! Regardless of your membership status, all 12 winners will receive their personally designed item for free! 

 

For more contest details and brainstorming tips, head to the Holly Jolly Holiday Contest announcement. So far your submissions are looking absolutely wonderful. Finish strong! Good luck, Poptropicans! ✨

 

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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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Our Holly Jolly Holiday Design Contest Is Underway! ☃️🎁✨

Welcome back, Poptropicans!

 

Now that Halloween’s come and gone, we’re going full steam ahead into the holiday season! 🚂

 

Every year, the first 12 days of December are dedicated to a rapid-fire prize-palooza to thank our members for their support! This year, our 12 Days of Member Gifts will include a special twist… For the first time in Poptropica history, all players will have the opportunity to design the special event’s presents!

 

In lieu of the usual costume contest, you’re invited to join this year’s one-of-a-kind festivities – the inaugural Holly Jolly Holiday Design Contest! 🎁

 

Holly Jolly Holiday Design Contest

 

Rather than a limiting you to a holiday-themed costume contest, the Holly Jolly Holiday Contest is open to designs of all kinds. Clubhouse decorations, pet outfits , followers, and yes – costumes. You’re free to dream up any winter or holiday inspired item that you’d like to see in the game! 🤩

 

Draw and submit your clubhouse decorations, pet followers, and costume designs by November 16th @ 8pm PST (9pm MST, 10pm CST, 11pm EST) for the chance to win!

 

After all holiday submissions are collected, twelve players will have their winning designs brought to life! The 12 winning ideas will be recreated, wrapped, and presented to members for December’s annual 12 Days of Member Gifts!

 

If you’re wondering if you can enter the contest as a non-member, the answer is yes! All players can join in the Holy Jolly Holiday Contest festivities. And if your design is chosen as a winner, you’ll be gifted the item you created for free – regardless if you’re a member or not!

 

202112 Days of Member Gifts

2021’s 12 Days of Member Gifts

 

If you’re in need of some winter inspiration, check out 2020’s full list of December’s member gifts and 2021’s 12 Days of Member Gifts, including tons of winter wear, fox followers, beanies, and more! ❄️

 

As a reminder: enter your Holly Jolly Holiday designs by November 16th at 8pm PST through the Submissions Page. Good luck, Poptropicans!

 


 

How do you enter?

 

First things first, narrow down what kind of item you want to design: clubhouse item, pet followers, or costume. Then, start brainstorming ideas for your holiday items (see below for tips). All designs should be original, reproducible and age appropriate. There is also a 3 entry maximum per month.

 

Once you have your decoration, follower, or costume ideas, the next step is to draw them out! You can do this on paper or go the digital route to show off your designs.  Don’t worry about comparing yourself to the rest of the community. Differences in art skill will not affect your likelihood of being chosen. Go all out with it! The Team loves seeing your imagination and creativity!

 

When you’ve finished drawing your outfit designs, the final step is to share them with us! The easiest way is to enter through the submissions page. Submit your designs one at a time, and be sure to include your Poptropican’s name and your login username with each entry.

 

If you’re on social media, you can also share your costume design on Instagram for others to see your idea! Remember to tag us (@poptropicacreators) and use the hashtag #MyPoptropicaCostume – we’ll repost your holiday design to our story to share your work!

 

NOTE: Please submit your designs one at a time, as multiple attachments will not be received. Each month, a handful of players’ entries are received without any attached files. If you’re unsure if your image was successfully included, feel free to resubmit!

 

To start brainstorming your outfit designs, here are a few tips!

 

As always, you have free reign over your designs! Do you want your decorations, followers, or costumes to be winter-themed? Holiday-inspired? Both?! Perhaps you've always wanted to dress like an abominable snowman or equip a frosty kitten follower? Think about your favorite things during the holiday season, can you find inspiration there? Remember, creativity and originality are always appreciated! Any idea can be a winner!

 

Keep these tips in mind as you’re designing your holiday item:

 

  • Your submissions should be original!
  • Get creative! Look for inspiration in your favorite movies, shows, books, or in your own life that you can put your unique spin on!
  • Costumes may also include accessories and special powers.
  • While designing your entry, be sure it can be reproduced as a Poptropica item. Avoid including tiny details would be hard to recreate and using currently available items. Where’s the fun in that?

 

 

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!

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: The Zomberry Hero Special Event Is BACK! 🫐🧟‍♂️

Zomberry Hero Special Event

 

Starting today, all players can play the Zomberry Hero Special Event for a limited time! Veteran players will remember the original Zomberry Island, where a mysterious illness befell the citizens of Eastman. 

 

Zomberry Hero portal on Home Island

 

New reports of a Zomberry resurgence are wreaking havoc on the islands. It seems another batch of tainted blueberry smoothies are the culprit behind the latest outbreak. Once again, it’s up to you to be the hero! 🫐🧟‍♂️

 

Blueberry-induced Zomberry Outbreak

 

Grab your flashlight and stock up on pineapple antidote. Keep your eyes peeled while patrolling 3 downtown areas that are crawling with zombies. When you stumble across the Zomberries, aim, shoot, and splatter them with pineapple slime to administer the antidote! The infected Poptropicans will be cured and return to normal, although a little shaken.

 

But be warned! When you get too close to the Zomberries, your fear meter will skyrocket. If your fear meter maxes out, you’ll pass out from fright and have to restart the level. 🌡

 

Luckily, with great risk comes great reward. Complete all 3 stages to claim your rightful title of “Zomberry Hero” and earn 1000 credits! 🎉

 

Zomberry Hero outro comic, featuring Zomberry alligators

 

Tread lightly, Poptropicans. Be berry careful while venturing into the heart of the outbreak. We highly recommend having your audio on for this one! 

 

Once you complete the special event, report back here and share your reactions with your fellow Zomberry heroes! Which stage is your favorite? Did you catch any Easter eggs? 👀

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