Way Back Week of Comics, PopStorm, and more!

Yeah, sorry we haven’t posted everything recently guys. Holiday preparations tend to get in the way. Anyway, here is a huge Poptropica update!

We will try to post as much as possible during the break, but the Creators will probably be taking some well deserved time off. However, they never just leave us hanging. This year has been a blast, including these big highlights:

 

 

Of course, 2015 will most likely have way more cool updates. The Creators are also going to have a “Way Back Week,” (we think) featuring some really cool Daily Pops from the past. It will be from the end of December to the beginning of January. However, we have found the images that will be used, so you can already view them below! 😉

Ah, the memories… this year has been pretty awesome. I want to take a quick moment to thank all of our viewers and all of my authors. The ATP wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without the help of everyone. I hope you have enjoyed this year as much as I have. 😀

Along with the end of the year commotion, we have two new PopStorms!

Other than that, we have multiple sneak peeks and behind the scenes images to consider. First off, an Escape Balloon.

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Some people are getting reminded of the possibility of a Balloon Boy Returns Island. I personally think this may have to do with a Poptropica Comics Island (with Jorge and Oliver).

The next behind the scenes images are definitely related to Jorge and Oliver.

Yeah, I’m getting a big Poptropica Comics Island vibe. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Now this next image does not seem to relate to the comics.

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This reminds me more of Galactic Hot Dogs Island. Talking about GHD, there have been a lot of Daily Pop sneak peeks regarding the island. Be sure to check them out!

Besides Islands, Poptropica Lands may soon become Poptropica Realms!

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I’m pretty sure we have already taken a look at this new feature, which is presumably a set of multiple worlds that we can create.

In less Poptropica relates news, Diary of a Wimpy Kid celebrations are happening!

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Congrats Jeff! 🙂

Lastly, to anyone hating on Poptropica’s style

poptropica looks

~SD

P.S. An Adventure Time update is coming soon! Along with that, a B-Day/Christmas Party is being currently planned! 😀

Creatures, Worlds, Comics, & Holidays!

Hey Poptropicans! Quick update with some recent tweets.

First off, the Creators released another piece of Monster Carnival concept art.

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I think my favorite is the bottom left. 😛

The Creators also gave us a sneak peek of an upcoming Land feature. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we will create… A WHOLE NEW WORLD!!! XD

land sneak peek

I don’t know about you guys, but this looks amazing to me. Anyone getting a “Spore” vibe? Anyway, this is apparently a “prototype of player’s world management screen for Poptropica Land.” 😀

In other news, we have a Poptropica Comic sneak peek to share!

 

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Hehehe… XD

Before I go… Happy Veterans Day! You may not celebrate the occasion, but it’s still good to just say thank you for those who have protected you. On that note, Poptropica just can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

 

poptropica thanksgiving

Hmm… Now I’m craving turkey and corn on the cob… 😛

~SD

New Sites, Best Lands, Poptropolis History, Interviews, Raffle, & More!

Lots. Of. Updates. First off, have you ever heard of Jet Punk? It’s a site where you can make and take quizzes on your favorite topics. Be sure to search ‘Poptropica‘ and ‘Adventure Time‘ to test your knowledge! A very popular Poptropica themed quiz is where you name all the islands. Can you beat my score of 3:11? The higher your time, the better your score, since the timer goes down. Of course our own author, Brave Sky got 3:12… 😛

Also, Poptropica now has a Tumblr! Not much is going on over there yet, but still be sure to check it out! 😉

Of course, there has been a lot going on on Twitter. Including… another shout out for the ATP!

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Looks like the Creators really like your fan art guys! Be sure to send more art to us, at our email. To see more awesome fan art, click here. The image that the Creators decided to feature in their shout out was “I Heart Poptropica” by HPuterpop. 🙂

Other than the shout out, here is all the other stuff going on on Twitter.

There is a new Big Hero 6 ad (where you can earn a helpful follower and now in theaters), a rejected Black Flags Common Room idea, how to draw a planet from Galactic Hotdogs, early concept art for Monster Carnival Island, and another Popstorm. Too bad some of those Monster Carnival characters didn’t make it, they were awesome! Nothing else to say, really.

Although, there is also a new  Diary of a Wimpy Kid ad, for the upcoming “Long Haul” book. Will this turn into an island?

Now, even though the Lands Public Preview is over, that doesn’t been all the fuss is over just yet! You have seen the best of the best lands in all the categories… but who will be the best of the best of the best? Find out by voting for your favorite on the Creators Blog! Polls are up until Monday and right now, Zany Crown is in the lead.

Anyway, are you up for a history lesson? Wait, wait! Before you leave, just hear us out. It can be pretty cool to look into Poptropica’s past… or should I say Poptropolis? Take a look at these very early sketches of what could have been Poptropica today!

“What could have been! Way back in 2006, when we first started discussing Poptropica, I put together some mock-ups for what the site could look like. We envisioned an enormous map of single-scene rooms, and missions that you could go on every day. Some of this has come true, but a lot has changed! This was before we had the idea of islands or even the name Poptropica. Did you know Poptropica was originally going to be called Poptropolis? If a competitor didn’t come up with a similar-sounding name, we never would’ve had the islands of Poptropica… the building block of the whole virtual world.”

See? Not terribly boring at all! XD But who could this mysterious competitor be? Brave Tomato, from the PHB, thinks that it could have been Nicktropolis, which is now called NickClub. Well, it matches up.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m happy that Poptropica turned out the way it did. That bright yellow would have been a killer…

So now your interested in history, huh? Well, would a few interviews work for you?

First up, Poptropica comic artist Kory Merrit was interviewed by L’idea Magazine, an online magazine. Among other things, he talked about Poptropica, so here are the main Poptropica questions.

L’IDEA MAGAZINE: You are the illustrator of the comic strip Poptropica. How was this cooperation with Paul Gilligan started?
KORY MERRITT: Poptropica is an online game. I’ve never played it, but knew of it due to it being popular with my elementary students. The Poptropica creators (author Jeff Kinney, author/editor Jess Brallier, etc.) had plans to bring Poptropica to other media. From what I understand, they were in touch with Universal editor John Glynn, who had seen my illustrations and recommended me. The Poptropica creators were actually already familiar with my stuff, since I have a story on Poptropica’s sister site, FunBrain. So after a trial stage in summer 2013, they officially picked me as the illustrator for the comic strip and the graphic novel. Paul was selected as the writer of the comic strip. He’s a cool guy, and I think his “Pooch Café” is one of the best modern newspaper comics.

One of the Popotropica strips.

L’IDEA MAGAZINE: What is Poptropica about? (Please talk about content, characters, type of humor, etc…)
KORY MERRITT: As I said, it’s based on the online game. The main characters in the comic series are Oliver, his sister Mya, and a goofy kid named Jorge. Only Oliver and Jorge appear in the strip, but they all share the spotlight in the upcoming graphic novel. They end up in a world composed of strange islands, each with its own theme. I like the constantly-changing settings – one week I’m drawing werewolves, the next they’re on the moon.
I haven’t worked on the comic strip for a while. It was originally supposed to last only 26 weeks, which Paul and I finished last spring, but I just heard last week that they are planning to order another 26 weeks in 2015, so it will continue into next year at least.

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L’IDEA MAGAZINE: You are illustrating a graphic novel for a famous author. Are you still keeping the details secret or are we ready for the revelation of this mysterious author?
KORY MERRITT: Ah, that’s the Poptropica stuff. The famous author is Jeff Kinney, the Wimpy Kid himself – I think I’ve dropped that name a few times already. He created Poptropica and the characters from the Poptropica comics, along with author/editor Jess Brallier and some others. I’m presently drawing and coloring a 105-page graphic novel based on the Poptropica comic characters. It’s an original story from Jeff and Jess, and the script was written by Max Brallier, who has another illustrated series in the works. They’re really cool people. I’m lucky to be on board. I nearly geeked-out the first time I heard from Jeff, but luckily managed to keep it together (or at least that’s how I remember it).

If you noticed, this interview confirms the Poptropica graphic novel, coming in 2015. To read the entire interview, click here.

The same online magazine interviewed Paul Gilligan, Poptropica’s Comic Writer. Again, here are the Poptropica highlights.

L’IDEA MAGAZINE: In June of this year you debuted with another comic strip, Poptropica. Could you tell us how it came about and what is the storyline?
PAUL GILLIGAN: Poptropica is a popular website where players can create avatars and travel through a plethora of interesting islands.  The website’s creator, Jeff Kinney (of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” fame) wanted a comic strip to go with it, and so he hired me to do the writing.  There were pre-existing templates for the two main characters of Oliver and Jorge.  I fleshed them out and gave them the motivation that they’re searching for a way out of Poptropica by traveling from island to island, kinda like that show “Quantum Leap”, like each time they hop to the next island it will be the one that leads them home.

A Poptropica strip

L’IDEA MAGAZINE: In Poptropica you share the credits with Kory Merritt. How do you operate in the creation of the strip with him? 
PAUL GILLIGAN: I do the writing, accompanied by thumbnails if necessary, and Kory pencils out the strips and runs them by me.  I bring up any alterations that might be necessary for clarity, etc, and then he inks and colors the work.  It’s been a fairly seamless collaboration thus far; Kory’s a great artist and super easy to work with.

Nothing was really given away, but it’s still interesting to read. To read the entire interview, click here.

sticker book

In other news, do you want an exclusive Poptropica Sticker book, signed by Jeff Kinney??? Well, a raffle is being held, so you could win just that! Click here to enter, and to learn more rules. Note that you must be 13 years old or older and you must live in the US. Good luck to everyone who decides to enter! 🙂

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Also, PoptropiCon Episode 2, Spoiler Alert, will be released to everyone on November 13 (Thursday). *Spoiler Alert* Trust me when I say that you will not expect the ending.

~SD

Popping Lands & BTS Images – Gummy Faces & Episode Info

Hey guys, this is a quick Poptropica and Adventure Time update. Lets start with Poptropica, shall we?

The Creators have been on a behind the scenes posting spree and it is awesome. Here are the newest images that haven’t been mentioned yet.

The first picture is a early version of Dr. Lange, from Virus Hunter Island.

The second is a draft of “new characters for the re-release of Shrink Ray.” Could this mean a new Shrink Ray mini game, an update for Shrink Shot, an update for the possibly upcoming SUI version of Shrink Ray Island, just new costumes, or something else? What do you guys think?

The third is a walk through of how this sleeping dog was animated, frame by frame. It is apparently for an “upcoming (and spooky) advertisement.” There is a creepy Lockwood & Co. ad out right now, but it doesn’t seem to be referring to that.

The forth picture is a sneak peek of an upcoming Poptropica Comic.

The fifth appears to have Jorge and Oliver (from the Poptropica Comics), plus some monkeys. Could these be costumes based off the story? An island idea? A sneak peek of the comics?

The sixth and last image shows early character designs for Arabian Nights Island.

Phew, that took longer than I thought it would! 🙂

There are also some more Land creations that the Creators thought were worth sharing. Note that Poptropica Land has been updated to include props and objects.

I really love the pink/blue castle. Nice creations guys! 😀

Now onto Adventure Time news. Cartoon Network wanted to share a cute collection of Princess Bubblegum’s different faces/expressions.

I personally like Comfy PB the best. What about you? 😛

Okay, in other news, you may have noticed that there hasn’t been a new episode of Adventure Time for many, many weeks. 😦 Because of this, I began to suspect that the season was over, without warning. As you may know, right now we are in the 6th season of the series (which started with the episode Wake Up on April 21). I did some research on the Adventure Time Wiki and here is what I came up with.

On July 25, 2014, the series was renewed for a seventh season. According to Tom Herpich and Steve Wolfhard, the staff started to pitch story lines in late September of 2014. According to storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan, production for the season will begin in October of 2014.

Don’t be fooled, this doesn’t mean the season will start in October. It just means that it starts getting made.

The most recent episode, Joshua and Margaret Investigations (August 14), was episode 16 Season 6. Most seasons have around 20 something episodes (aside from Season 5, which was a double season), so this season shouldn’t end just yet.

I also found that the next episode is called Ghost Fly and will air on October 28 (synopsis below).

Jake and the tree house are haunted by a vengeful specter.

Why such a long wait? I have no idea. At least episodes are back on. Other upcoming episodes include Evergreen, The Mountain, and Jake the Brick, however we do not know their air dates. Their synopses are below, in order.

A wizard of ice tries to create a crown that will grant the first wearer’s​ deepest wish in order to stop a deadly comet from wiping out all life on the planet.

^ Evergreen, which takes place before the Mushroom War AND Simony and Marcy. ^

Finn tries to help the Earl of Lemongrab become a better person, but then something unexpected happens.

^ The Mountain ^

The plot for Jake the Brick is unknown.

I hope this cleared up some confusion! 😉

~SD

P.S. To see the creation of the Milk Box Head (from the BTS pictures of Poptropica above) and more inside Poptropica videos, check out this playlist made by the Creators themselves! The Milk Box Head is the second video (at the moment).