BOSTON, Mass. (PRWEB) June 10, 2014
Poptropica® announced today that its new comic strip, “Poptropica,” featuring the best-loved characters from the popular virtual world for kids, will now be distributed by GoComics, from Universal Uclick, home to many of the most popular comics and cartoons in the world.
The new Poptropica comic strip, debuting today at http://www.gocomics.com/poptropica, follows the hilarious adventures of two mismatched boys, Oliver and Jorge, who unexpectedly find themselves in a strange world of endless islands, each inhabited by its own unique residents. Frankensteins, dinosaurs, balloon animals, penguin pirates – the boys come across anything and everything as they pop from island to island looking for a way to get back home.
GoComics.com from Universal Uclick is the web’s largest catalog of syndicated newspaper strips and web comics, offering new, fresh and free content every day. Poptropica joins classic and iconic comics from GoComics.com, including PEANUTS; Calvin and Hobbes; Garfield; Ziggy; and Dilbert.
“Now with Poptropica’s new comic distributed to digital venues around the world through GoComics, kids will have yet another way to immerse themselves in the site’s story-based adventures,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher of Poptropica. “This is yet another milestone in the growth of Poptropica as a global brand.”
This new partnership with Universal uClick is an extension of the Poptropica brand experience. Kids around the world can follow along in the hilarious adventures of Oliver and Jorge in this new online comic adventure. Other ventures to support the brand currently include an online shop, developed in collaboration with Custom Personalization Solutions (LLC), where fans can customize merchandise with their Poptropica avatars; video games and an app by Ubisoft; and a series of books published under the Poptropica imprint.
The Poptropica comics are written by Paul Gilligan and Kory Merritt. Gilligan has studied animation and illustration and worked in a variety of fields including advertising, editorial, character design, storyboarding and comics. His comic strip, Pooch Café, is syndicated in 250 newspapers worldwide by Universal Press, and was nominated in 2009 for best strip by the National Cartoonist Society. He resides in Toronto.
Merritt teaches K-6 art in Hammondsport, New York. He won the John Locher Memorial Award for Cartooning in 2007 and creates the online children’s book “Lost Side Suburbia” for GoComics and Funbrain.
Hundreds of millions of kids have visited Poptropica since its launch six and a half years ago and the number grows every day. Poptropica players come from more than 200 different countries and territories and have their web browsers set to more than 100 different languages. In addition, the recently launched free Poptropica App, available for download on the App StoreSM, brings Poptropica’s unparalleled storytelling to iPad®, iPhone® and iPod Touch® giving kids another safe place to play and experience the stories brought to life on Poptropica.
Kids can stay up to date on news about upcoming new Islands and other exciting developments in the world of Poptropica on the official Poptropica blog.
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About Poptropica (http://www.poptropica.com)
Poptropica is a virtual world in which kids explore and play in complete safety. Every month, millions of kids from around the world are entertained and informed by Poptropica’s engaging quests, stories and games.
Kids create a “Poptropican” character to travel the many Islands of Poptropica and use gaming literacy to enjoy a narrative that is often rooted in factual history. Problem-solving skills are honed as kids discover and solve mysteries unique to each Island.
There are always new areas to explore in this ever-expanding world where kids can collect objects, read digital books and comics, watch movies and compete in head-to-head competition. Parents can always trust that their children are playing – and learning – in a safe online and mobile environment.
Poptropica is published by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company.
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