New freebies in the Store: “The Lost Expedition” Edition!

Hey Poptropicans! Something’s popping, and you don’t want to get lost on this expedition!

Remember a couple of weeks ago when we showed you guys some unreleased Poptropica Store items? Well, they’re here! And the best part: THEY’RE FREE! Thanks Creators! 🙂

In celebration of the recent release of the second Poptropica graphic novel, The Lost Expedition, Poptropica has released seven awesome items that you can pick up for free at the Store: Amazonian Woman, Loon’s Head Cane, Secret Society Trooper, Shakespeare in Love, Stun Baton, Terror Captain, and White Out. They’re not going to be around forever, so get them while they last!

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What are these strange characters and powers all about? That’s what the new graphic novel, The Lost Expedition, can answer – and at least one PHB author (Brave Tomato) has already taken a look at the book and can definitely recommend it for all Poptropicans!

So… Quick! To the bookstore! Poptropica recently shared this drawing on social media, which they say was made by a Poptropica Creator on a whiteboard at Poptropica’s headquarters.

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Anyway, be sure to pick up your new Store freebies and buy the new graphic novel to support Poptropica if you haven’t already! Keep on poppin’ on, Poptropicans!

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Graphic novel news: Lost Expedition, Mitch Krpata, and book 3!

The lost expeditionHey guys, my name is Brave Tomato, and this set of news is not just some ordinary wheel or fancy pair of sneaker-related news for once. This will be interesting… as long as you’re a fan of the Poptropica graphic novel series.

Let’s start off about Book 2, The Lost Expedition, which will come out for the world August 16th. After over a year of not hearing from them, Oliver, Mya, and Jorge are back for a brand new adventure in the world of Poptropica.

The novel will be written by Mitch Krpata (I’ll get more into him later) and illustrated yet again by Kory Merrit. If you need a reminder, the summary is as follows, according to the Barnes and Noble page:

In book two,The Lost Expedition, Oliver, Mya, and Jorge continue their search for home, with a few hilarious stops along the way. As the friends set sail for new sights, they find the evil Octavian is still hot on their trail, and he’s determined to get his hands on their magical map. To make matters worse, a mysterious organization is keen on expelling the three friends from Poptropica. As the pals travel, they find that each island is filled with its own unique brand of peril, and the mystery surrounding the map and Poptropica itself begins to unfold. Will our trio be able to once again outfox Octavian and discover the identity of this secret society?

So with that up ahead, of course it’s going to get some minor coverage. This news article by the MetroWest Daily News may seem like an ordinary news article showing off the graphic novel, but if you look into it deeper, you’ll find not just the standard summary. The news article confirms that the Poptropica graphic novel series is on a four-book deal. It also says that Mystery of the Map will the only one of the four that’s written by a different person (Galactic Hot Dogs author Max Brailler) and Mitch Krpata will write out the rest of the series.

There are also some interesting quotes said by the man himself in the article. He describes The Lost Expedition as a novel that would teach about “accepting the responsibility” of a leadership role, as well as mixing in the more action packed parts of the books. He had been with Poptropica since its beginnings in 2007, calling the franchise his “life’s work” and he desires it to “survive and outlast [him]”. Check out the article here if you’d like to read about his inspirations and other information.

However, strangely enough, the news article itself isn’t the biggest plot twist of this post. It’s the video that should be drawn attention to as well. It’s only 28 seconds long, but it’s not entirely about the content- it’s about what you hear. (Although at the end of the video, it does show a preview of one of the pages.) You can find it on the news article, so take a good listen to how Mitch sounds.

Sound familiar? Well, if you don’t hear it, Mitch here sounds quite a lot like our favorite blogging and YouTubing pirate, Captain Crawfish! For reference, here’s one of his videos.

Captain Crawfish’s identity had been a major secret for years, and now that the identity has practically been revealed to us, we have yet another mystery off our backs. All those years of crawfish-nomming jokes have been worth it. (And thank you so much for shouting out to me on the Reign of Omegon walkthrough!)

Now, let’s get into the future here, because, everyone, I found the title, cover, release date, and summary of the third Poptropica graphic novel.

*Warning: There might be potential Book 2 spoilers ahead, especially in the summary, so tread carefully.*

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Cats and graphic novels are out of the bag!

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Before we get into the Poptropica news, there’s a quick announcement I’d like to make – over the next couple of days, as we prepare for something, there may be (temporary) difficulties in loading our site – if this happens, please use our poptropica.wordpress.com URL instead. Thanks for your patience!

Anyway, let’s pop in to see what’s new on Poptropica! There’s currently a new ad on Main Streets for the upcoming movie Nine Lives, and in it you can watch a trailer and play a game where you have to run away from this cat, Mr. Fuzzypants, who’s chasing you.

At the end, a cat whisperer takes care of Mr. Fuzzypants, and you’ll win a Mr. Fuzzypants Follower and Cake Toss power (press spacebar to shoot cakes on other Poptropicans). Also, after the mini-game, your Poptropican will have cat ears that only show up in the Nine Lives ad room. (Thanks to Friendly Foot for the update and Koi and Yujo for the ad pictures below!)

Over on Home Island, the Mystery of the Map Photo Booth from before has returned, this time to encourage sales instead of pre-orders! (See this PHB post for more about this Photo Booth!)

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In other news, it looks like Poptropica – well, its graphic novel series at least – has a spot in the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con! (If any PHB readers are going, let us know!)

According to this publisher’s tweet, Mitch Krpata, Pop Creator and author of Poptropica: The Lost Expedition (the second Pop graphic novel after Mystery of the Map), will be at SDCC’s Booth #1216, where you can get a copy of the book before it’s officially released on August 16th.

Lastly, voting for the 2016 Poppies is now closed. Stay tuned to the PHB for details about the Poppies party and livestream, coming soon! 🙂

The Monkey, the Map and the Dragon!

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Hey, guys. Slip here, and I’m back!

We have some real-life updates today, starting with Monkey Wrench! Good news for Android users, because it’s finally released on Android devices (and recently iOS)! If you need a guide on the island, check it out here!

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We also have great news! The  Mystery of the Map graphic novel was added to the list of New York Times’ bestsellers! It was recently ranked  4th on the list, but when I checked it again, it is now placed 5th. Congratulations to Kory and Jack Chabert! Buy the graphic novel here or read BT’s analysis here!

Some players are experiencing some difficulties in the newly-reopened Red Dragon Island. Is Red Dragon a prank all along? Well, the answer is no. Well, you could try clearing your cache or try playing on a different browser. If it doesn’t work, try to email Poptropica about it.

…and that concludes today’s updates! What do you think? Leave a comment!

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-Slippery 💦

Mystery of the Map – online vs. print

Hey guys, my name is Brave Tomato, and I’m here with a very special post.

MotMGraphicCoverRemember when I told you all that I was going to get the print version of Mystery of the Map’s graphic novel in my post about when it was just released? Well, I had gotten it and re-read it a few weeks ago. In case you’re wondering why I waited so long to tell you guys about this novel, it’s because I wanted to give a fair shot to the novel’s sales. After all, the novel is a source of revenue for the Creators, and money is needed to fund the game.

This post is here to highlight the differences between the original online version that was posted last year, and the newly updated printed version. I’ll tell you right off the bat that the plot is the same as well as the circumstances. However, there are a few differences that sometimes enhance or affect the graphic novel in other ways.

Be wary of spoilers ahead! If you haven’t bought the book, yet are able to, I recommend you buy it for yourself – it’ll support the Creators!

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MotM Q&A and book launch on Periscope!

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here with a recap of today’s events Poptropica broadcasted on Periscope, Twitter’s video counterpart!

The Q&A with Jeff Kinney livestream for the Mystery of the Map graphic novel was on at 3pm EST today and lasted about half an hour, with intermittent breaks as they were figuring things out. Jeff Kinney answered multiple questions sent in from online, and Poptropica’s community liaison, Jessica (Skinny Moon), asked all the questions. You can check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here!

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Similarly, the book launch party was live streamed from Jeff’s bookstore in Plainsville, MA on Poptropica’s Periscope. The event hosted not only Jeff Kinney, but also Mystery of the Map illustrator Kory Merritt. This event was about an hour long, and you can check it out here!

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As a prelude to the two events, Jessica also filmed a short Behind the Scenes clip from the Poptropica HQ, which you can check out right here.

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Also, shoutout to PHC-er Striped Lizard for attending the book launch event and sharing about it on the PHC (the PHB chat)! She got to share her island idea and art with Jeff Kinney, which is super cool!

Enjoy the Periscope peeks! 👀

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More Monkeys, MotM, Mammals

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here with a post that’s not PMFM!

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There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started, shall we?

You may recall, last Thursday when the Creators released a special Night Watch Island-themed monkey follower. Well, the Creators hinted at more of these, which we have some sneak peek images of.

I really like this idea the Creators are going with. I’m hoping to see a monkey for every island, that’d be super cool, in my opinion.

Tune in during the next few days and weeks for news on when more of these are available.

In other news, with their new “Mystery of the Map” graphic novel recently released, the Creators are holding a few publicity events in the Greater Boston area.

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Mystery of the Map illustrator, Kory Merritt, will be at the three events to talk about his illustration and animation experience and more. Dates, times, and locations are below, in case you’d like to go to any of them:

March 11, 4:30 PM – Blue Bunny Books & Toys
(111 South Street, Plainville, MA 02762)

March 10, 4:00 PM – An Unlikely Story
(577 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026)

March 12, 4:00 PM – Barnes and Noble at the Prudential Center
(800 Boylston Street, Suite 179, Boston, MA 02199)

In similar MotM-related news, the Creators are going to be holding a Q&A on their Periscope for their new Mystery of the Map graphic novel. As a part of this, they’re asking the community for questions to ask Poptropica creator Jeff Kinney and Mystery of the Map illustrator Kory Merritt!

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People who decide to send in a question are entered into the “Mystery of the Map Sweepstakes.”

The grand prize winner of this sweepstakes will receive an original Poptropica watercolor painting drawn and signed by Mystery of the Map illustrator, Kory Merritt. The grand prize winner will also receive a copy of the Mystery of the Map graphic novel, signed by both Kory Merritt and Jeff Kinney.

So, if you’d like to submit a question for the Q&A, click here! And, of course, tune in this Thursday (March 10) at 3 PM EST to Poptropica’s Periscope to watch Jeff Kinney and Kory Merritt answer questions live!

UPDATE: Poptropica’s very own Skinny Moon (Jessica) add a few extra details on this sweepstakes and on the Q&A, so I’m just going to post her comment here:

Hi everyone! Skinny Moon / Jessica here. I hope you’ll submit questions for Jeff Kinney and Kory Merritt through our sweepstakes that was mentioned in this post. You can enter here: bit.ly/MOTMsweeps.

Once you enter, you’ll see a personalized sharing link you can share with your friends, and the more of your friends enter, the more entries YOU get! Yay! I mean, who doesn’t want a one-of-a-kind Poptropica watercolor by the MOTM illustrator, and a MOTM book signed by Jeff Kinney?!

You can also tweet your question with #MysteryOfTheMap, but that won’t get you entered into the sweeps.

I can’t wait to see your questions! I’ll be conducting the Periscope chat with Kinney and Kory – please tune in this Thursday at 3pm EST! If you are not on Periscope, no worries – you can access the scope via @Poptropica on Twitter. 😀

And lastly, an update on some of the Poptropica ads.
(Thanks to Yujo_Jacy_the_Jumpy_Coyote for both the tips on these and the pics)

The first is for the We Bare Bears ad, it’s currently still a billboard video clip, but there is a different reward, which you can see here:

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The other ad is Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip. If you watch the ad video you receive the costume below:

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That about sums up the news for this post! What do you think about the island-themed monkeys? Are you going to send in questions for the Q&A? Comment below.

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