Happy New Year! Slip here.
We have new celebrities from our community! In case you don’t know it yet, Community Celebrities is the newest segment in this blog where we feature different people from our community from time to time! We had the Mad Apper last time.
To kick off the new year, we don’t have one, but two new community celebrities! They’re both of my friends and co-authors on the PHB. In case you don’t know, they’re twins. 😉 Without any further ado, here’s Yellow Sword and Giant Hawk!
(For the first 8 questions, these are their real responses. Paul (Yellow Sword) is orange, while Joshua (Giant Hawk) is green.)
- What’s your Poptropica username? How did you end up with that name?
P: My username on Poptropica is paultropica6. It’s fairly straight forward, frankly. I combined my name (Paul) with the game’s name (Poptropica) and then added my favorite number (6).
J: My Poptropican username is Joshuawesome8. Obviously, I got it by taking my first name, Joshua, adding the word ‘awesome’ to it, and then including my favorite one digit number, 8. I must note, however, that I regret my choice of username, as I now prefer not having numbers in my online names. That, and I feel adding ‘awesome’ to it seems a bit conceited.
- How long have you been playing Poptropica? What kept you playing for years?
P: I began playing Poptropica back in early 2011. So, just about 5 years now. I think multiple things have kept me playing for such a long time. For one, I really enjoy the game. The storytelling is well done, as well as the gameplay. But, the main reason, for me, is the community. Even through times when I wouldn’t play for a while, I’d always come back to the community. My love for the community has continued to grow thanks to the PHB/Wiki partnership and I feel closer than ever to it.
J: My Poptropican journey began one fateful Thursday afternoon back in 2011. I love the characters and inventive stories of Poptropica, but I would also credit the PHB and the Poptropica community for keeping me playing.
- What’s your favorite island? Why?
P: My favorite island is Mocktropica. The main reason behind my love is the meta-ness. I absolutely love when different forms of media (game, film, tv show, anything really) break the fourth wall. It opens up a world of fun for story and jokes. Poptropica plays the meta really well, making a fun to play island, full of jokes and glitches (both intentional and unintentional)
J: My personal favorite island is Mystery Train, with Steamworks as an exceptionally close second. They both have very distinct themes and designs that are unique from any other islands on Poptropica. Their characters are also very funny and extremely memorable. However, one of the biggest reasons I love them is for their mystery. Both islands have an genuine, intriguing sense of secrecy and adventure. Because of this, they are both tremendously replayable, as a player can easily discover new clues and secrets about the islands and their stories upon restarting them.
- Who is your all-time favorite Poptropica villain? Why?
P: This is honestly a tough question. There’s a lot of good villains on Poptropica. I really love a lot of the newer villains, like Omegon. But El Mustachio is probably my favorite. I just really enjoy his character and design. He’s just a cool character in general.
J: Must I really choose just one? Well, I suppose my favorite Poptropican villain is Dr. Hare. Why? Because he’s iconic – and whenever you look at him, you undoubtedly think of Poptropica. Not only that, but the way 24 Carrot builds him up makes us believe him to be a formidable threat, which is not easy to do for a man in a pink bunny suit. Not only that, but he manages to become endlessly memorable despite only physically appearing on 24 Carrot for a few seconds. That truly is the work of a great villain.
- What would be your favorite item on the Store? Why?
P: Hmm. This is a tricky one. I think I’m gonna go with the Atom Power. I remember using it a lot on common rooms and multiverses. It’s really well designed and executed, and really fun to use.
J: As for costumes, I’d probably go with Wolf Boy or Shy Hawk Warrior, because they’re both really cool looking. As for gold cards, I’d probably say the Electrify card. Why? Because it fits perfectly with my Poptropican’s superhero alter ego, the Red-Tailed Hawk, who has the powers of flight and control over electricity. (subtle GHA reference, maybe?)
- How did you get to know the Poptropica community?
P: I really got to know the community through Poptropica Wiki. I joined there not too long after joining on Poptropica and edited frequently. The true community integration took place after I became an admin there. I soon grew in rank and eventually moved over to the PHB. I’ve really gotten to know the PHB community a lot more know, but it all begin with the Wiki.
J: It all started with my overbounding love of Poptropica after I first started playing it. I wanted to share it with other players, so I discovered the Poptropica Wiki. And while that was the first section of the Poptropica community I got to know, it never really was a big section of the community. It wasn’t until years later, after Paul became an author on the PHB, that I starting forming myself more into the mass of the Poptropica community via Twitter, DeviantArt, the PHB, etc.
- Do you play any games aside from Poptropica? What is it?
P: Oh, man. I really don’t. 😛 I used to play Club Penguin, but not really anymore. I occasionally play some app games like Angry Birds or Where’s My Perry, but not too often. Poptropica is pretty much the only game I play.
J: Nope. My family doesn’t own any game consoles, i.e an XBox or PlayStation. I play Super Smash Bros or Mario Kart sometimes while visiting friends, but playing them is still a rare occurrence. Occasionally, I play Where’s my Perry or Angry Birds on a tablet, but other than that, I am not really a gamer, other than when it comes to Poptropica.
- Paul likes to edit (both photo and video), work on the PHN and—wait for it—your meme faces! Joshua likes to write, act and voice over, too! As twins, they sometimes make short videos of them twins and they give time for each other to walk around the neighborhood and talk about everything.
- They’d both love to work for Poptropica someday. Paul would probably see himself on stories and graphics while Joshua also wants to be in the story department or if ever, the animated media department.
- They were both excited when they knew they’re going to be the next Community Celebrity and they wanted this when I first released the series. They take it as a privilege and would reflect on how much they grew around Poptropica.
- Paul and Joshua listen to parodies Weird Al Yankovic, Rhett and Link, and Epic Rap Battles of History. Paul also listens to Owl City and Joshua to Phineas and Ferb and Steven Universe songs.
- Here’s a special question from a close friend: HPuterpop!
“How often do you two get confused for each other?”
P: In real life, we almost always get confused by people that we’ve just met or don’t know us very well. Once people get to know us, there’s nothing to confuse. People IRL usually just remember our two names and the fact that we’re twins. The term “twins” usually bunches together into one memory. People remember us together, instead of separately. So then, when they try to remember our names it’s trickier to distinguish us separately, even though we look almost nothing alike. Once people get to know us better, they know more about our different personalities and form separate images of us. Then, they can easily distinguish us. Infact, on the occasions that we meet people and don’t tell them about our twin-dom, they usually can easily distinguish us later on.
On the internet, it’s much different. People don’t clump us together, because our different personalities stand out much more. When we meet people IRL, we don’t usually have a more personality driven conversation, but we do online. Once you’ve distinguished personalities between us, it’s very easy to remember us separately.
So, yeh. It happens quite a bit offline, but not really too much online.
J: The classic twin question, eh? Well, Paul and I are very much fraternal twins, meaning that we look very different. In fact, Paul is actually closer in appearance to our younger brother than he is to me. The tragic thing is, however, that most of the time, people usually start mixing up Paul and my names after learning that we are twins. I mean, we don’t look alike, and we have significantly different personalities, but they still confuse us for one another! It’s really silly when you think about it. Of course, this doesn’t happen to people once they get to know us better, but it still does happen.
- Here’s another question from Spotted Dragon!
“Is it weird to be texting each other online when you’re in the same room?”
P: Simply put, yes and no. On one hand, it is kinda odd, being that we could just talk to each other. On the other hand, it’s basically the same as texting while not in the same room. This, with the added bonus of occasionally looking over at each other during jokes or hearing the laughs from Joshua. So, it’s pretty weird, but almost feels normal at the same time.
J: Not really, actually. It gives me the distinct pleasure of seeing Paul’s laughs and reactions first hand, while also letting us communicate quickly without the risk of attracting unwanted attention. Besides, Paul and I do not possess our own cell phones, so the only time we text each other is when we’re in a Google hangout with each other.
- If they’re going to recommend the next Community Celebrity, Paul and Joshua would pick the PHB Authors and some friends from the community (Nice Hawk, Pixel, Popular Wolf, Dangerous Eye, Mighty Gamer and Master Pinpey).
- Here are the two facts personally from the King of Memes and the Giant Adventurer!
Joshua: I want to mention that the GHA may, at first glance, seem like an episodic adventure series, but it goes much deeper than that. The main theme of the series is that of a journey, and not an adventure’s journey, but rather, the journey of life. The main character, Giant Hawk, will start out eager and young, and will grow much more mature and responsible as the series progresses. He’ll have to handle schemes and villains, sure. But he will also be dealing with the struggles of friendships, depression, self-acceptance, and loss, all while being practically thrust into the metaphorical spotlight. Giant Hawk’s inner struggles and insecurities will all intensify until the series finale, entitled ‘The Final Adventure’, in which Giant Hawk must finally decide where it is that he truly belongs in the world, while also having to clash against a malicious villain that he unknowingly created. If any of that sounds interesting, you can check out the GHA prequel short, ‘An Afternoon at Queequegs’, which is on the PHB right now!
Paul: I’ve been deemed “the meme king” in the Poptropican community. It all started back when Andrew (HPuterpop) had a fan art contest on the PHB. As a joke, I took a meme face (called “Me Gusta”) and edited it (via Photoshop) onto his Poptropican’s face. It sadly didn’t win, but gained quite a bit of attention from different users. Inspired by his contest, I created my own giving out Poptropican meme faces as prizes. Once again, more people were loving these meme faces. Just after the contest, I decided to create these into their own weekly series (similar to the Poptropican Portraits series), naming it Poptropican Meme Face Mondays (PMFM). I’m loving the series so far. The meme faces are super fun to create and I love the community feedback. I’ve got some super awesome stuff planned for the future of PMFM, so be sure to tune in every Monday for your weekly dosage of meme-ery.
And that ends our Q&A/interview with the famous twins on Poptropica! I hope you learned a lot from them and knew them more! Thanks to Yellow Sword and Giant Hawk for letting me interview them and stay awesome!
Who do you think should be next? Comment below!