April 2015, and MotM Interview

What’s up, Poptropicans?

First off, I wanted to mention the very funny joke the Creators played on us:

Available on both 3½” and 5¼” floppy disc, Poptropica: The Text Adventure is compatible with all leading desktop computer platforms, including Commodore 64, TRS-80, and Apple IIe. Coming soon!

Poptropica: The Text Adventure was just some white words on a black background:

And for those of you who don’t know what a floppy disk looks like (or is), here you go: (I actually had to ask my dad for help on this, as I had no idea what it is either 😀 )

 

 

As far as I can understand, a floppy disk was something you would insert into your computer, run the program, and the words would show up on the screen ( I may be wrong though 🙂 )


Aside from that, over on the Creator’s Blog, we got an interview with the Mystery of the Map illustrator, Kory Merrit!

Captain Crawfish: How did you get involved in illustrating Mystery of the Map? 

Kory Merritt: The Poptropica Creators originally hired me to illustrate the Poptropica comic strip. After a little while they asked me to try some graphic novel page samples, which led to me working on “Mystery of the Map” with author Max “Galactic Hot Dogs” Brallier.

CC: What are the challenges of adapting Poptropica’s art style from an online game to a graphic novel? What are the joys? 

KM: Poptropica has a very distinct style. I’m actually an art teacher by day and didn’t have much freelance experience, so working for Poptropica was the first time I had to draw someone else’s characters. It took a little while to get the hang of it – the Poptropica design might seem simple at times, but there are little details that can make or break the characters. Fortunately, the Poptropica Creators were very patient and helped guide me along. I’m pretty happy with the results, for I think the illustrations resemble the standard Poptropican model, but at the same time have a hand-drawn, comic-type feel.

CC: What’s your process for illustrating the book?

KM: I’m old-fashioned enough to still use pen and paper for the most part, but for “Mystery of the Map” I also used digital color and made corrections in Photoshop.

CC: Who’s your favorite MotM character to draw?

KM: The Vikings! It’s fun to draw angry faces.

CC: What other projects have you worked on that Poptropicans might like to know about?

KM: I draw some of my own stories, mostly just for fun. One of them is on FunBrain, and some are on GoComics.com. It seems I will also have my own illustrated book coming out later this year, published by Andrews McMeel.

Now many of you have seen my theory on the possibly upcoming Mystery of the Map Island(since it is sticky 😛 ), but here is a little more evidence that I found 😀 (thanks to the PHB for some of this!)

  • If you type mysteryofthemapisland.com, it will direct to Poptropica!
  • Daily Pops are blasting with MotM pictures! Look at them below (be prepared for a “Viking’s Grotto” common room!)

I’ll probably go into more detail about the images once the island is confirmed.

I can’t wait for MotM, but that’s my personal opinion 😀 What are you guys thinking? Put it in the comments!

Trusty Biker

P.S. Wolfy- I totally fell for that joke about you leaving 😀 Don’t ever do that again! 😛

 

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Pop18-Con Dates!

What’s up, Poptropicans?

I’m going to do a quickie post today because there isn’t that much to post about… I actually like quickie posts better than regular posts because if we don’t post about the stuff that  is happening RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT, then we get behind and do  A SUPER LONG POST, and nobody wants to read that. Well I don’t, anyway.

So here’ s my quickie post of the day: Popstorm 18 was Tweeted, titled Classes with Glasses.

I also asked Poptropica when Arabian Nights 3 was estimated to come out, but they haven’t replied yet… I’ll let you know when they do! They said around July/August…..

I was also coming Poptropica’s Twitter when I found out some estimated release dates for PoptropiCon Episode 3!

So members, you have to wait until March 19 (hopefully!), and non-members, you have to wait until April 9. But just a reminder, THESE DATES CAN CHANGE! Don’t get your hopes up!

Bye!

Trusty Biker

trusty biker pic

I apologize for my weird title. It’s actually a shortened version of Popstorm 18, and PoptropiCon Possible Release Dates!

Survival Episode 5- Out for members!

Hey guys, as you can see by the title, the final episode of Survival Island, Escape, is now out for members! 😀 But for some reason, the first epsiode of PoptropiCon Island, Line Forms Here, isn’t out. Interesting. Well, if you’re a member and have played the 5th episode of Survival, tell me what you think in the comments! 😀 Also, if I’m wrong and PoptropiCon is out for non-members, you guys can leave your opinion on the episode below too. 😉 Here’s my rank for Escape:

Survival ep5 rank

 

Not too bad huh? 😉 I personally thought this episode was pretty easy, but it was still fun. 😉

~MF

Mocktropica… glitching themselves since 2013 just a few hours ago…

Hi Gs!

Forgive me for what I’m about to do, but ANASDJKADSK LSENLF VAE,MSINOEVFHABAIW DKFCIGEJIMALOSER.KSADNCLNLOLITSTRUESHERCHNTUHAORIHURHQ9HHRU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is what I do every time a new island is announced… but this time, it was a little bit louder!  If you have read Nameless’ latest post, then you will know that the island, Mocktropica (that sounds familiar), is coming so very soon that it’s coming mid next month!

This is one of the best ideas ever from Poptropica in my opinion.  This time, not only do you have to save the world, Poptropica, which exists inside the game, you have to save the game itself!  Pure genius and ultimate creativity is the person who came up with this awesome feat.

Do I dare to say that this is one of the best island ideas ever conceived by the creators?

Yes I do.

Do I think that this will be the best island ever conceived by the creators?

Most certainly not.  Or at least, not yet.  The island is yet to be released, and the creators have not proven that they can pull it off.  But I think they can.  For a long time nothing major was done.  About a month.  So something bigger must have been going on.  Now we know what it was, and we also know that it’s bigger than what we expected.

In other news that is big as well, Time Tangled Island is the next island to be sound improved.  Now, I’ve expressed my feelings toward the new format, and it’s mostly negative feedback… but even I have to admit that it’s pretty cool.  The feature that I’m most excited about is the new soundtrack, I’m always excited about those :D

So two exciting and groundbreakingly awesome updates in two days?  Who knows what the future holds.

-HP