Graphic Novels

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!

periscope pic

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!


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.

bts pophq

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!


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.


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!


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:

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:


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



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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Lalaloopsy Mystery Bananabee

Hey Poptropicans!

There’s currently a Lalaloopsy ad on Main Street of Escape From Pelican Rock, and it’s a common room building. At the top, you’ll find two dummies of doll costumes you can costumize from!

lalaloopsy costumes

Interested in more free stuff? A website called TechSavvyMama is giving away a prize pack of Poptropica stuff to one lucky raffle winner, in celebration of the release of Mystery of the Map! This includes the print copy of the graphic novel, a 6-month Poptropica membership, the Poptropica blimp toy, and Dr. Hare plush toy. Follow the link in the tweet below to enter.

Also, in addition to the MotM book event in Massachusetts on March 10 (details here), there’s also another chance to meet the author (Jack Chabert, the alias of Max Brallier) at the Barnes & Noble in Rochester, New York’s Pittsford on March 26!

There’s also some monkey business going on at Night Watch Island


But we’ve got more news and sneak peeks on these escaped Monkey Wrench lackeys coming to you in another post, so stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to get your very own Night Watchmonk follower outside of Bananabee’s on Main Street. (Note: Mysteriously, the booth is not showing for some people – if that’s the case, use a different web browser!) 🙊🍌

Stay popping, Poptropicans!


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Mystery of the Map now available for purchase!

Hey guys, BT here with a quick post to notify you all that Mystery of the Map, Poptropica’s first graphic novel, is now available in in book stores!

motm book cover

Just in case you cry foul in that it’s going to be the same thing as was published a year ago online, don’t worry – Skinny Moon confirmed to us – right in the comments of this blog – that this is different from the original version!


(As for the bookstore event, see this post for more details!)

I’ll be getting a hard copy of this book in a few days, and I’ll be happy to share any new or interesting information to those of you who can’t get a copy of the book! If you can get the book, it would be a helping hand to the Creators to go ahead and buy it. 😉

In case you haven’t seen it yet, though, the second graphic novel’s title and description was uncovered a few days ago as well, so check that post out too!

This post will be updated in the future with any new information I obtain when I get the graphic novel.

In other news, if you log into Poptropica, you’ll receive two Zombie Goldfish ad items: Zombie Transform (power) and Zombie Eyes (costume part)!

zombie goldfish

That’s all for now, but check back on this post in a few days for possible updates about noteworthy things in the book!

BT out! 

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Announcing the 2nd Poptropica graphic novel!

This post has been updated with new information.

Hey guys, Brave Tomato here with a bit of interesting news – graphic novel fans, hear me out!

So I decided to go on Barnes and Noble to pre-order the Mystery of the Map graphic novel (which is available March 1st). You know, standard “Add to Cart” and all that stuff. However, I decided to go ahead and look up “Poptropica” in the search bar of Barnes and Noble. As I scrolled down, I was met with a very interesting sight…

The release date, cover, and title of the next Poptropica graphic novel!

The Lost Expedition

The Lost Expedition.

Mya, Oliver, and Jorge are back, and have now arrived in a more arctic setting, as contrasted to their previous viking adventure. It’s written by Mitch Krpata (aka Hades), and Kory Merritt is back for illustration, of course.  According to the Barnes and Noble page, the release date is not until August 16, 2016. Plus, you can pre-order it now, along with the first book.

Unfortunately, other than these facts, there is no other information on this book.

Update: Plot twist! I actually just discovered a description for the plot of this book on the Amazon page for it! Here’s what the description reads:

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?

A secret society. Expulsion from Poptropica. Peril. Mysteries unfolding. Identities. And a few obvious answers. Part of me wonders… this Society… would it be one that Octavian was once part of but then went rogue? And could Embed (the “Viking” Octavian tied up, and told the trio that they should be wary about Octavian) be a part of that society? Well, there’s only one way of officially finding out: play the waiting game.

BT out!