Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the August recap for Community Creations. August’s theme was 80s, so be sure to check out all the featured artists!
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Top 5 Picks
Pop Culture: OTP in 80s Fashion by BunniesNBowties
Okay… so someone needs to tell me where to get that jacket and that button-up IRL, because I’m living for these looks. Starting as a request on Tumblr, the way that this design evolved into a magazine cover is awesome. The poses certainly match the tabloid composition, and all the text adds so much flavor to the image. The fits are iconic, and I’m loving how they still match each other while each having their own colorful patterned items. Find their Tumblrs here and here.
Walking in the 80s by XMzhier
Speaking of colorful, I’m really impressed with the use of colors in this image! It’s quite the challenge to use such bright, harsh tones without coming across as too bright, but there’s a perfect balance of subdued hues here to keep things looking nice. The side profile walking composition is super fun, and I love seeing all the little 80s refences in the background text.
Though you will not be forgiven for Rick Rolling me… Anyone else get the urge to just listen to lofi beats and chill? Stunning work on the outfit designs and entire layout! Find their Twitter here.
Party in the 80s by Dizzy Feather & Love Feather
This long horizontal composition is really unique, and uses an interesting way to present all the different outfits. I especially love the different poses of the Poptropicans, which elevate the image from a still display of clothes to a rather engaging scene. Plus, the diner setting, funky colors, and bold accessories certainly belong in the 80s. Wonderful idea to include so many looks! Find the artists in the comments and on Discord.
80s Island Idea by iHateFridays
80s Island (most likely a placeholder name) will basically just be a big homage to sci-fi movies that came out during the time, such as Star Wars, Back to the Future, etc.
The island would start off with the player landing near a disco. A time traveler would show up and start crying about how there’s going to be an alien invasion, however no one takes him seriously. The time traveler looks upset and the player feels sorry for him, telling him they believe him. The two of you then decide to work together to stop the alien invasion.
The two of you track down an alien in disguise (most likely in a minigame), which is at a VHS store. There is a mini boss battle with the alien, with some 80s music playing in the background. The battle involves the alien chucking different VHS tapes at you, which transport you to different locations depending on the tapes.
The next alien is at a roller skating place. The boss battle involves a skating-themed minigame where you have to avoid the roller-themed attacks the alien throws at you.
After that is back to the disco place at the start, where this time there are multiple aliens you have to hunt down. You and the time traveler guy do some detective work, which would involve some problem-solving minigames. You manage to interrogate one of the aliens, who escapes but you steal its weapon.
You have to do some more problem solving to find the rest of the aliens, as well as using your newly acquired weapon to take them out. At some point you brag about how the weapon made it a lot easier.
When it seems you’ve taken out all the aliens, it’s suddenly revealed that the time traveler was an alien all along!! A UFO lands on the island and aliens appear everywhere, and your weapon is also destroyed.
All hope seems lost, but the people of the island aren’t willing to give up yet and you all work together to fight the aliens. There’s a big massive boss fight with some of the lower minions, eventually leading to the time traveler himself. You also get an even cooler alien weapon. You trade some edgy dialogue and eventually your Poptropican wins, sending the aliens away for good.
Honestly, this island sounds like it would be super fun to play. The story allows for interesting characters, amazing design opportunities, and a captivating story that a lot of people may like. Maybe something the writer should keep in mind for any future Dream Island contests? It would also introduce some vintage settings and details to an ever younger and younger Poptropica audience. Find their Twitter here.
80s Poptropican by Super Jumper
Now, this color-popping outfit definitely gives me 80s vibes. With the cherry earrings, black pumps, and even root beer handheld item, this look would be really fun to see in store. I love the loud colors and the accessories would look great mixed and matched with tons of outfits! A wonderful submission for the monthly costume contest, for sure. Find the artist in the comment section.
With all these awesome submissions this month, it really felt like we traveled back in time a bit. It was a blast to see all these loud colors and fun references! Keep up that creativity next month.
September: 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-fics, Pop clubhouses, 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 September’s theme? September’s theme is…
🌲🐻 SURVIVAL! 🐻🌲
As back-to-school season enters full swing, sometimes in face of piles of homework and tests there’s only one thing you can try to do: survive.
Not to mention how unbearably hot it still is outside for me. And, of course, there’s Survival Island in Poptropica too, which includes Episode 2: Hook, Line, and Sinker for members only.
I’d like to emphasize Survival Island in this month’s theme not only for those reasons but also because it can sometimes feel like Poptropica as a game is barely surviving as is. The fandom certainly keeps the dream alive, but with news like Poptropica Jr. it’s difficult to see the direction the original game is headed in.
But nonetheless, let’s keep surviving and thriving with this month’s set of creations! Anything related to Survival Island obviously goes, but so does anything that could relate to the general concept of “survival.” Maybe draw your favorite scene from the island, or create your best apocalypse survival outfit. Even write a story of your Poptropican surviving in the woods or try on your best Myron Van Buren cosplay for size. We can survive this month together!
- Submit: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created, email it to the PHB team on our Contact page, OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArt, Twitter, Tumblr, or Discord.
- Results: Next month, I will feature 5 submissions that stood out to me the most as well as some honorable mentions.
- Limitations: Just make sure you relate to both the theme and Poptropica (and nothing NSFW or otherwise inappropriate).
- Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!
I will be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. 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!