From the Loch Ness Monster to Bigfoot, man’s fascination with the monsters that hide at the edges of civilization stretches back to the first stories passed down in the old oral traditions. It wasn’t until the 1950’s when two zoologists coined the term cryptozoology and took these creatures from the pages of folklore to the pages of nonfiction books discussing the existence of these hidden animals. Over time cryptozoology grew with people’s love for the spooky and unknown, with movies being made about different animals and eventually an entire subculture of cryptozoologists was formed following different cryptids throughout the world. This year we’ve chosen cryptids as the focus of our yearly curated release. Similar to the Camp Karas special release projects in 2019, the Karas Kreepers will be a multi-faceted release spread over numerous months. We’re pulling ideas and artwork a story about an American Bestiary and the art created for that story from the amazing Tavo Montañez and adding to it, moving it to different settings, and generally putting our own small flair on it. It’s a large undertaking, we’re planning to cover all 50 Cryptids, though only 10-12 of them will be featured on pens with corresponding stickers, many of them will be adapted to notebooks, and the rest will be put on stickers, buttons, and magnets. We’re launching this series right before Halloween to set the stage for the spooky nights to come.
Legends of a sea monster in the rivers and along the coast of Georgia stretch back into the deepest memories. Local indigenous tribes told tales of large snakes inhabiting the rivers and streams. In the early 1800’s sightings by a sea captain “…animal he saw as being about 70 feet long, and its circumference about that of a sugar hogshead, moving with its head (shaped like an Alligator’s) about 8 feet out of the water.” This sighting was verified by several members of his crew and reported in the local dispatch. 150 years would pass before more sighting occurred in the 1980s. Several individuals described a massive creature able to move boats with its wake in the Altamaha River, and “Altie” was officially born. Though the monster is said to be massive it seems to be peaceful as no reports of violent encounters can be located. But better to be on your guard when travelling on the waters of the beautiful Georgia rivers and streams. The Altamaha-ha Retraktable Slim mechanical pencil is a precursor of the production release of the Retraktable and Retraktable Slim pencils. Featuring a slimmed take on our Retrakt V2 pen, this particular version features our new “frag” grip profile for better purchase when writing, along with our custom-designed, in-house machined click mechanism. We’ve anodized the body of the Retraktable Slim in brilliant light green and while the aluminum clip and click mechanism are a lovely violet color; this color combination matches the amazing artwork on the sticker that was created by Tavo Montañez. a green and purple version of Altamaha-ha. We’ve curated an adapted version of his art on a 3-inch vinyl sticker that ships with this Retraktable Slim. You’ll be prompted to select from 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead insert before adding the item to your cart. Ships with a Pentel Hi-Polymer eraser.
Retraktable Slim Specifications:
Overall Length – 142.7 mm / 5.67”
Mid. Grip Width – 8.60 mm / 0.338”
Aluminum Weight – 18.5g / 0.65 oz