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.
Terror strikes the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia in November 1966 when two couples see a man-shaped bird with red eyes on its chest, no head, and gigantic wings. This was the first reported sighting of the Mothman, a relatively new cryptid, but one that’s become rather popular among cryptozoologists. The Mothman was featured in the 1975 nonfiction book, The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel, which was made into a movie in 2002. But for residents of Point Pleasant the Mothman has been attached to the Silver Bridge collapse and death of 45 people; for them, the Mothman is no joking matter.
Our Mothman Render K V2 draws on the sheer black of the Mothman punctuated by the blazing red eyes. The pen has been heavy tumbled leaving soft grippable feel that has been anodized a matte black finish on the cap and body, we’ve chosen a matte red anodize for the grip section; when capped the pen is sleek and stealth, when uncapped it brings to mind the horror of those two large red eyes. On the side of the cap, we’ve laser etched our redrawing of the Mothman logo, a classic design recognizable to many familiar with the legend. The pen also features a rectangular sticker featuring Mothman artwork. The pen comes outfitted with a black Pilot G2 refill.
Capped Length – 129.79 mm / 5.11”
Uncapped Length – 124.71 mm / 4.91″
Maximum Body Width – 12.7 mm / 0.5”
Grip Width – 8.89 mm / 0.350″
Capped Weight – 33.2g / 1.17 oz
Uncapped Weight – 24.0g / 0.85 oz