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 Karas Kreepers Notebook/Sticker/Button Set 4 has finally arrived. Just in time for the holidays. We’ve expanded set 4 to include two cool, full-color buttons. The first button features the Florida Skunk Ape, a Bigfoot-like bipedal monster known for bringing a pungent odor with it. There have been numerous sightings of the Skunk Ape from the 1950’s onward including some video footage shot by Dave Shealy, the founder of the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters. The second button depicts Wisconsin’s Beast of Bray Road. Often described as a cross between a bear and a Bigfoot with werewolf-like intelligence, the Beast was first sighted in 1936 outside Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and in the late 80s and early 90s had a resurgence of reported sightings so much so that a local newspaper assigned a reporter to cover the Beast of Bray Road. Tahoe Tessie, a giant serpent in Lake Tahoe, Nevada is the subject of our diecut sticker. Legends of Tahoe Tessie go back hundreds of years to the Native American Washoe and Paiute tribes and the story of a great serpent that lived in a cave underneath the lake. Modern sightings of Tessie go back to the 50s and include police officers, fisherman, and lake vacationers and have continued to the present day. Much like Tahoe Tessie, the Oklahoma Octopus is a sea creature (giant cephalopod) that has been sighted in numerous lakes in Oklahoma. A relatively new cryptid, the Oklahoma Octopus legend has grown quickly in recent times due to the number of unexplained deaths in the lakes along with some sightings of a horse-sized octopus with reddish-brown skin that resembles leather. We’ve slapped the Oklahoma Octopus on an awesome notebook, it’s terrifying form spreading across the front and back cover. The second notebook features the super creepy cryptid, the Dark Watchers of California. Legends of these seven to fifteen-foot tall beings have been around for centuries. They’ve been sighted all across the state and have been featured in prominent American fiction by the likes of John Steinbeck.
The notebooks are courtesy of Jak Prints, a Colorado company. They measure 3.875″ x 5.5″, with a standard gloss 14 pt. card cover in full color. The inside features 48 pages of 60# unlined paper, more suitable for use with pencil, ballpoint, or rollerball though a fountain pen can work with some inks. The buttons are 1.2 inches (1 inch printed), full-color standard buttons from Sticker Mule, a worldwide printing company with headquarters in Colorado. The sticker is a vinyl full-color sticker in diecut format also from Sticker Mule. This set features one of each notebook, two buttons, and one sticker.
100 Sets available