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 from a creative commons cryptid map of the United States, then we’re taking the art 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.
The legend of the Loveland Frogman (also known as the Loveland Frog or Loveland Lizard) stretches back to a dark night in 1955 when a man driving near the Little Miami River spotted three strange figures. Different versions of the events retell a similar story, all state the man watched as the hunched, leathery figures conversed together when suddenly one of the figures raised what looked like a wand firing off sparks and the man fled in terror. No sightings were reported until the 70’s when two reports of a strange sighting were reported by two different police officers. Though the last officer reported the creature was an iguana, authors and cryptozoologists continue to tell tales of the Loveland Frogman. We’ve chosen a special colorway EDK V2 for this release. The lower barrel is a high polished brass barrel signifying the wand and sparks the Frogman used in 1955 to scare off the intruder. The upper has been anodized a dark green, and we’ve used stainless steel screws, clip, and clicker for this release. We’ve laser etched a sketch of the Frogman looking over his shoulder, wand held high, ready to fire another spray of sparks. Instead of a sticker, we’ve sourced a cool full-color pin with similar artwork showing the Loveland Frogman and his wand. Ships with a Schmidt P8126 refill in black.
Overall Length – 128.65 mm / 5.065”
Body Width – 11.11 mm / 0.437”
Aluminum Weight – 43.9g / 1.54 oz