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 Beastiary 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 5 features two notebooks with custom cover art and one die-cut sticker. We’re taking on the bitter cold of the upper midwest in Minnesota and Michigan then going taking a trip the smallest state Rhode Island for the cryptids in this series. The Michigan Dogman is our first cryptid which has its first sighting all the way back in 1887. Legend has it two lumberjacks saw the Dogman which they described as having the head of a dog and body of a man. Sightings dwindled until the mid-1900s when several run-ins and sightings occurred. The Dogman was memorialized on April Fools 1987 in the form of a song by DJ Steve Cook. If you were worried about being eaten by a strange creature, then you should steer clear of Minnesota where the Wendigo hunts. The Wendigo goes back hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years, to First Nations folklore. This spirit of malevolence encompasses greed, murder, and cannibalism. The Wendigo may appear as a monster with some aspects of a human or a spirit that posses a human and makes them into a monster. Said to be cursed to wander forever and try to slake their insatiable appetites preying on humans. She was the focal point of vampire madness in a small Rhode Island town, Mercy Brown, the last American Vampire. George Brown’s family was sticken with tuberculosis (consumption) sometime in the early 1880s. His wife, Mercy’s mother, died first, followed by the oldest daughter Mary Olive in 1886. Edwin his son had contracted the illness too as well as Mercy. Mercy died in 1892, but the town believed Edwin’s illness and the deaths of his family members were due to other causes. They exhumed the bodies, and finding Mercy’s body largely intact with “blood still in the heart” they believed her to be a vampire and the cause of Edwin’s illness. They desecrated her body, burning her heart and liver, which was made into a tonic that Edwin was made to drink as a form of a cure. Edwin died two months later, and what remains of Mercy’s body was buried once more. The Michigan Dogman adorns a die-cut vinyl sticker, while Mercy Brown and Wendigo have been forever immortalized on the cover of lined pocket notebooks.
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 sticker is a vinyl, holographic sticker in diecut 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