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 5 features two notebooks with custom cover art and one two-inch round vinyl sticker. From Alabama to Pennsylvania then up to Alaska, we’re all over the map for this set. What’s scarier than Bigfoot? Bigfoot’s albino cousin, the Alabama White Thang. Sightings go back all the way to the early 1900s of a bigfoot-like creature that prowls around Birmingham and Central Alabama. But this creature was stark white and had an eery howl, like the terrified scream of a woman. Sightings have continued over time and the legend has only grown. Without a doubt, Pennsylvania’s Squonk is the ugliest cryptid in our bestiary. A pig-like creature with skin covered in warts and moles and described as leaving a “trail of tears” behind it. The Squonk was first written about in the 1910 book Fearsome Creatures from the Lumberwood and descriptions have remained unchanged throughout time. Not the most terrifying, but truly the saddest creature of the lot. Finally, off the shores of Alaska is the great Tizheruk (Pal-Rai-Yûk), a majestic sea monster known to both beasts and men. Varying descriptions of a beast with a twin-tail, three stomachs, or fox head abound. The Tizheruk only hunts in bay areas and is known to rise up out of the water and crash down on unsuspecting kayaks, then feast on those caught in its trap. The Tizheruk adorns a vinyl sticker, while the Alabama White Thang and The Squonk have been emblazoned 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# 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