Poptropica Portfolio: Mitch Krpata

Hey Poptropicans, let’s dive into another Poptropica Portfolio.

Like the last portfolio we showcased, this one features copywriting work, this time from former senior story developer and narrative designer Mitch Krpata, also known as the voice of Captain Crawfish—writer of Poptropica books, blogs, islands, and more.

Soon after he was let go by Poptropica, Mitch decided to compile a portfolio of his written work with the game he’s worked with for the past decade. Though the artwork is not his, the visuals help bring his words to life—as you can see below.

You can view the complete portfolio in this Google presentation. The slideshow covers his graphic novels, dialogue, UX/UI elements, titles and brand names, marketing, and walkthrough videos—all for Poptropica, but likely to expand over time as he pursues other projects.

In a blog post, Mitch says this of his work with Poptropica:

Bit odd to look back and see how much of my life’s work has been tied up in this one property. It’s a source of pride, because few people have the opportunity to write for such a wide, enduring audience, and also sobering, because I realize how many creative avenues have gone unexplored.

Thanks, Mitch, for everything you’ve done for Poptropica over the years! Your stories and good wit have brought a lot of life to the world of Poptropica that people will continue to enjoy in the years to come. Sail on, Captain Crawfish.

If you liked Mitch Krpata’s portfolio, be sure to also check out the portfolio of Jessica Devine (Skinny Moon), another copywriter we’ve featured here. If you’re into art, we recommend checking out the portfolios of other Poptropica artists as well: Tyson BurnhamKyle MillerGeoff HassingNate GreenwallChris GoodwinAbraham Evensen TenaJordan LearyLance FryNasan Hardcastle, and Ashley Lange.

Hope you enjoyed this portfolio! Stay awesome, Poptropicans. ☠️



Poptropica Portfolio: Jessica Devine

Hey Poptropicans!

Here comes another Poptropica Portfolio—but not just any Poptropica Portfolio! This one’s a little different from others we’ve featured, because instead of illustrations or animation reels, this portfolio features copywriting and social media work.

If you’ve been with the fandom a while, you probably know whose work we’re talking about: the efforts of Skinny Moon, also known as Jessica Devine. She left Poptropica this past June to continue her previous career as a freelance copywriter and social media strategist, and recently launched a new website for her business, “J. Devine Creative.”

jdevinecreative website

On the website, she features samples of her work in a gallery—including work from Poptropica! As far as copywriting, she’s written 100+ blog posts for the Poptropica Creators’ Blog under the name “Skinny Moon,” as we know. As for social media, her gallery features numerous social media posts she’s done for Poptropica. Have a glimpse:

sample jdevinecreative

There’s more where that came from! Check out the rest of her gallery here.

Over on the Client Successes page, you can find several more segments relating to Skinny Moon’s time with Poptropica. A gallery of images accompanies each one, and you can flick through the pics with the rounded buttons below each pic.

This picture features a PHB blog post, PHB tweet, and Clawtropica blog post from Pop fan blogger Purple Claw. Again, there’s more where that came from!

jdevinecreative portfolio

Oh yes, she even featured our Skinny Moon memes. How cool is that?! 😎

That’s not all: “J. Devine Creative” also contains a page for testimonials. And here’s the super cool part: you probably know some of the people behind these testimonials, because she invited them straight out of the Poptropica community!

Here’s one that I (Slanted Fish) wrote:

When Jessica served as Poptropica’s community manager, she brought with her a wonderful dose of enthusiasm for all things Poptropica. Jessica (or “Skinny Moon,” as she is known in Poptropica circles) was instrumental in establishing good rapport between Poptropica and its fans, which had been missing before she came along. It was clear that she cared a lot about the fans of the game, from bloggers with large audiences to casual commenters on a small chat server. Not only did Jessica take the time to respond to our pressing questions (of which there were many!), she also took initiative in creating connections on social media, and that made all the difference.

And one from PHB author Slippery Raptor:

As community manager of Poptropica, Jessica was exemplary. She always made sure that every fan was connected to what was going on in Poptropica by holding frequent parties and activities. Jessica was very active and would promptly answer any questions the best she could. But of all the things she’s done, I’m most thankful for her help in personally ensuring that a package sent by Poptropica would arrive for me.

And one from another Poptropica Creator—senior story developer Mitch Krpata—that may really resonate with Poptropicans:

Jessica did the impossible: she made Poptropica relevant on social media. She met our users where they were, and thanks to her unique, energetic voice and keen sense of the zeitgeist, was able to revive interest in what had become a somewhat moribund brand. Our users really want her back. So do I!

Thanks to Skinny Moon, aka Jessica, for giving the PHB an opportunity to play a part in her new website! As you can tell from our testimonials—and countless more from plenty of other Poptropica fans—we can definitely vouch for her good work. So, if you find yourself (or someone you know) in need of a solid copywriter and social media person, look no further than J. Devine Creative.

If you liked Skinny Moon/Jessica’s portfolio, be sure to also check out other Poptropica artists we’ve featured here on the PHB: Tyson BurnhamKyle Miller, Geoff HassingNate GreenwallChris GoodwinAbraham Evensen TenaJordan LearyLance FryNasan Hardcastle, and Ashley Lange.

Hope you enjoyed this portfolio! Stay awesome, Poptropicans. 🌙


Poptropica Portfolio: Tyson Burnham

Hey Poptropicans!

Another Poptropica Portfolio has been uncovered—this time we’re featuring the work of Tyson Burnham, lead animator and motion designer for StoryArc Media (which includes Poptropica). He’s the guy behind many of the island trailers and more.

The work below is taken from his portfolio website. Over in the section labeled “Game Environment Vector Illustration,” you can find these sweeping scenes from Poptropica (as well as some designs for what became the Mech on Steamworks Island):

In addition to illustrating, Tyson also created many of Poptropica’s animated trailer videos, such as the ones for Arabian Nights and Virus Hunter, among others. You can find a bunch of his animated work compiled together in this demo reel that includes work from Poptropica as well as other projects:

Tyson Burnham still works at StoryArc Media, and also enjoys taking on freelance projects, as seen in the video above.

If you liked Tyson’s portfolio, be sure to also check out other Poptropica artists we’ve featured: Kyle MillerGeoff HassingNate GreenwallChris GoodwinAbraham Evensen TenaJordan LearyLance FryNasan Hardcastle, and Ashley Lange.

Speaking of artwork, be sure to join in on the PHB’s Community Creations this month! December has only just begun, but it’s never too early to start brainstorming.

Hope you enjoyed this portfolio! Stay awesome, Poptropicans.


Poptropica Portfolio: Kyle Miller

Hey Poptropicans!

We’ve found another Poptropica Portfolio—this one belongs to Kyle Miller, who has worked as a senior designer for Poptropica.

The work below is taken from his site, Gamecreature. If you click on each display on his site, you can view images in full size and read a little bit about what each project is about and how Kyle contributed to them.


Poptropica Avatars by Kyle Miller

In addition to that cool collage of Poptropica avatars that were designed for ads in the game, Kyle’s portfolio also features Poptropica ad areas he has worked on.

You can find even more examples over on his portfolio website.

Finally, there’s a video at the end of his portfolio that demonstrates a sample of his work in developing and designing with Flash for Poptropica. Many of the animations are from ad games, though there are also some Store items in the mix. Check it out:

Kyle Miller currently works as a designer, artist, and developer of games with his own company, Gamecreature.

If you liked Kyle’s portfolio, be sure to also check out other Poptropica artists we’ve featured: Geoff HassingNate GreenwallChris GoodwinAbraham Evensen TenaJordan LearyLance FryNasan Hardcastle, and Ashley Lange.

Speaking of artwork, be sure to join in on the PHB’s Community Creations this month! You’ve got until the end of this week to enter for November’s theme: “heartwarming.”

Hope you enjoyed this portfolio! Stay awesome, Poptropicans.


Poptropica Portfolio: Geoff Hassing

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here, featuring another Poptropica Portfolio! The artist in the spotlight this time around is Geoff Hassing. You can find a sample of his artwork for Poptropica and more on his portfolio site here.

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the previous portfolios we’ve showcased, featuring Poptropica artists Nate Greenwall, Chris GoodwinAbraham Evensen Tena, Jordan Leary, Lance Fry, Nasan Hardcastle, and Ashley Lange.

As stated on his LinkedIn page, Hassing no longer works for Poptropica, and though his time with them was short-lived, he still left us with some amazing background scenes and in-game assets from some of the newer islands, including Monkey Wrench and Escape From Pelican Rock. There are also a couple of Poptropica-like scenes here that were made for practice and not for anything in-game. Check them out:

Pretty cool stuff, Geoff!

These days, Hassing illustrates children’s books for GrapeCity, a corporation that provides learning materials, tools, and methods for kids learning English through their oral language acquisition and critical listening program. We really like his Poptropica work, and we wish him the best in everything does going forward.

Speaking of art pieces, be sure to join in on the PHB’s Community Creations this month! September ends soon, so you’ve got until the end of this week to enter. The theme for this month is “school.”

I hope you found this popping portfolio enjoyable! We’ll talk soon…

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Poptropica Portfolio: Ashley Lange

Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster, and we’ve got yet another Poptropica Portfolio, and this time the artist showcased is Ashley Lange

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the Poptropica Portfolios we’ve previously published, featuring artists Nate Greenwall, Chris GoodwinAbraham Evensen Tena, Jordan Leary, Lance Fry, and Nasan Hardcastle.

Anyway, according to Lange’s Squarespace page, Ashley’s a game artist and animator, and has so far worked for Fantasy Flight Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and Pearson Education (which included Poptropica, although Pearson no longer owns Pop). Using several design programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and Maya, she creates her amazing works. Check out her stunning Poptropica ones below:

As you can see, Lange has done quite a bit for Poptropica – from sketches to animations, from plans to entire scenes. But as for that final pic, its file name is ‘Moletown’, and it almost certainly comes from Crisis Caverns. Is the place actually called Mole Town (or Moletown), or does the pic just have that name because it’s a town moles live in? Whether this is the case or not, it’s definitely something to think about.

There’s also a video which includes some of Ashley’s animations, which include some Poptropica ones. These comprise of the boss battle in Mocktropica, Virus Hunter virus battles, Monster Carnival monsters, Twisted Thicket Trolls (same animation as in the fourth pic above), Wimpy Boardwalk characters, Survival Ep. 2 beavers, and a sketch of a scene in Crisis Caverns, with some very intriguing phrases stated below it: ‘For thousands of years we have lived peacefully under the earth. Our kingdom is filled with riches that have made their way from your world to ours.‘ Very intriguing indeed…

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this insight into another Poptropica artist’s remarkable portfolio! See you soon, and stay popping!

Poptropica Portfolio: Nasan Hardcastle

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here, featuring another Poptropica Portfolio! (We’ve already showcased the works of Abraham Tena, Chris Goodwin, Nate GreenwallJordan Leary and Lance Fry, so go and check those out if you haven’t already.) The featured artist this time around is former designer, illustrator, and animator for Poptropica, Nasan Hardcastle!

Nasan currently works as an illustrator for WildWorks, creating characters for Animal Jam (another popular virtual world). The work I’ll be highlighting here consists of his work for Poptropica, but you can view his non-Poptropica related artwork at his portfolio website (nasanhardcastle.com).

As stated on his LinkedIn page, Hardcastle spent almost 4 years with Poptropica (Oct 2010 – Jun 2014) creating numerous characters, creatures, and environments that we see in the game. He’s created a mixture of interior and exterior environments – quite remarkable! Check out a collection of them below:

These are some of his environmental pieces which include scenes from many islands (Twisted Thicket, Poptropolis Games, Miniquest: Blimp Adventure, Wild West, Red Dragon, Mission AtlantisCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and even the Wildfire tribe common room). Lots of detail and time goes into these pieces, I’m sure. Of course, if you want to see more illustrations like these, head on over to the archive page of his portfolio website.

In addition to his amazing environmental work, Hardcastle has created and designed many well-known and beloved characters. Here we see characters from the islands Wild West, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Game Show, Ghost Story and Monster Carnival – that’s a lot of characters!

So you see, Nasan’s done quite a lot in the duration of nearly 4 years with Poptropica, and has definitely left us with many breathtaking scenes to admire and characters to enjoy. Kudos to Hardcastle for all of his accomplishments and I hope he succeeds in all of his future endeavors.

Hope you enjoyed this look into another poptastic portfolio. I’ll talk to you soon, pop on!

– Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1: