Creators' Blog Guest Posts

Interview with Purple Paw from the Poptropica Creators 🎤💜

Hello! Welcome to the next part of our series with the Pop Creators interviewing members of the PHB team. As you may have seen on Poptropica’s blog, this turn goes to Purple Paw. Let’s get started!

Illustration by Gentle Dolphin

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.

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 the citizens of Steamworks made it to their cryotubes in time. Quite the unsung hero!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Thanks, Poptropica, for being such a big source of inspiration for so many! Hope you all enjoyed getting to know me a little more in this Q&A, and if you like, you can check out more of my writing and art here on the PHB. You can also read this interview on the Pop Creators’ Blog. Pop on!

~💜

Guest Posts

Pop Puzzles: What’s Missing? Round 3 Answers 🔑

Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Dizzy FeatherEnjoy!

Smoke and Mirrors: It’s all just a big show, isn’t it?

Hello everyone, Dizzy Feather here with the answers to round three of “What’s Missing?”, a Pop puzzle where I obscured items from in-game scenes for you to guess “what’s missing.” If you missed it, play the game on the original post before scrolling down for spoilers!

Shout-out to Wild Fire, LilysInMay, Purple Star, ❤️LoveHeartGirl❤️, HeartOfEnder, and Young Rider for getting a majority correct! Anyway, here are the answers:

So how many did you guess right? Share in the comments, and I’ll see you next time with a PoptropiCon, Episode 1-themed puzzle!


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Dizzy Feather. If you did, you might also enjoy previous rounds of “What’s Missing?”: Round 1 and Round 2.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. Interested in writing for the PHB? We’d love to hear from you!

coloring pages, Creators' Blog Guest Posts, Fan Art Features, Poptropica Junior

Emotions and a Pop News Station 😎

Hey Poptropicans! While there’s no sign of the mysterious Baron just yet, we do have a whirlwind of emotions flying in…

Poptropica Junior — the recent Pop spin-off for Pre-K kids — this week released some emotions-based coloring pages with some familiar Pop faces. We’re as upset as the prince of Fairytale Island that Poptropica’s main game doesn’t seem to be getting this much love! 😭


Over on the Pop Creators’ Blog, guest blogger Invisible Ring has returned with a new video sharing segments from “Future Machine News,” with reporting from Time Tangled Island and Popsona drawings throughout. Highlights include: the discontinuation of the fan-run Poptropica Month event, Dr. Hare as prime suspect for the theft of stuffed bunnies, and the mysterious “disappearance” of Invisible Ring. Tune in below:


Enjoy the latest fan art features from Poptropica’s Instagram stories — this time all focused on the handsome bird man, Ringmaster Raven! 🐦

That’s all for now. Looks like we’re already halfway through Pop’s birthday month without any party favors yet, and the Baron is late. Grab me a coloring page, we’re feeling as sad as Sprocket…

~🐠

Fanfiction, The Villain Saga, Uncategorized

“The Villain Saga” – Episode 4, Part 3

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CUT TO BARD standing alone in an elevator. A quick look at a camera shows he somehow bent it away from the corner he’s in.

As the elevator descends, time appears to slow a bit. BARD’S face turns more serious and contemplative, as he flexes his robotic hand a couple of times, studying how the joints move and react to his nerve signals. He’s gotten used to seeing it constantly for years, but sometimes he still has to notice the difference from what used to be there.

A plastic cup is spilled on the floor next to him, with soda and ice cubes leaking out. He picks up an ice cube in his left hand, his human hand, and holds it for a moment, feeling the cold. He switches it to his right, and keeps it pinched between his fingers with no discomfort.

BARD

(under his breath)

There are some things I’ve yet to learn to replicate.

Continue reading ““The Villain Saga” – Episode 4, Part 3″
Fan Art Features, Monthly Costume Contests

September Summons Spooky Suit-ups 👻

Weather alert: The skies continue to be clear of the Baron’s airship, but not for much longer, according to a comment from Poptropica on their blog: “The Airship hit a bit of headwind, but will be arriving soon!” 🍂

In the meantime, September’s costume contest has already commenced, and it’s seeking Halloween designs! Last year, not one but six costumes were selected for the Baron’s Red October event, and such festivities are set to continue this year. Enter by Monday, September 26 at 8pm PST for your chance to get your costume made!


In other news, enjoy the latest fan art features from Poptropica’s Instagram stories, with Raven tears and cosmic jeers! 🐦🥺

~🐠