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.
The Karas Kreepers Notebook/Sticker Set 10 features two notebooks with custom cover art and one die-cut vinyl sticker. The diminutive master-builders of Hawaii take the form of small dwarf-like beings known in the local tradition as Menehune. Said to have inhabited the islands before Polynesian settlers arrived, some of their wondrous works survive today. Only their children and humans connected to them can see them, and they only come out at night to create their amazing structures. Big Payette Lake, near McCall, Idaho, is the home of a large lake monster named Sharlie. Less terrifying and more of a mascot for the local area, sightings of a 30-foot lake monster stretch back to 1920 when a logging crew saw “a log” in the water begin to undulate and then move off swiftly leaving a large wake as it went. Since then many sightings of the beast have persisted but the monster wasn’t named until the 1950s when a woman wrote in to the local paper with the suggestion of the name Sharlie. Momo the Monster is a massive brown or black-furred creature that was sighted in 1974 in Louisianna, Missouri terrifying to young boys. Momo has been sighted many times over the convening years to the point where a film was produced and released in 2019 concerning the fearsome beast, but to date, no one has been able to catch the monster. Momo the Monster is featured on a creepy die-cut sticker. Menehune and Sharlie the Lake Monster look amazing in full color on pocket notebooks with blank pages.
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# lined paper, more suitable for use with pencil, ballpoint, or rollerball though a fountain pen can work with some inks. The sticker is a vinyl format from Sticker Mule, a worldwide printing company with headquarters in Colorado. This set features one of each notebook and one sticker.
100 Sets available