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 8 features two notebooks with custom cover art and one 3-inch octagonal vinyl sticker. This month’s cryptids span everything from a giant snapping turtle to a three-legged, shaggy man-like creature and we’re travelling from Kentucky through Indiana for our final stop in Illinois. Oscar Fulk was fishing on his seven-acre lake near Churubusco, Indiana in 1898, when he sighted a gigantic snapping turtle. People didn’t put much credence to his tale, so he dropped it, but 50 years later two other people describe seeing a turtle they estimated to weigh 500 pounds on the same lake. The tale was spread on the wireless, far and wide, and the Beast of Busco lives on today. In Christian County, Kentucky, a group of adults and children showed up at the police station spreading a tale of a four-hour gun battle with tiny aliens on their farm. Local and state police along with military police from the nearby Army base investigated the account, while they found signs of firearms being used they didn’t see any signs of aliens. This alien attack would become one of the most researched sightings of UFOs and aliens in the world, and end up popularizing the term little green men. In April 1973, Henry McDaniel heard a scratching sound coming from his front door, and upon looking outside saw a strange creature with three legs, a short body, and huge eyes that almost looked human. McDaniel fired four shots at the creature, went to the police who found his claim credible. The Enfield Horror or Enfield Monster may still be out there and Henry was quote as saying “If they do find it, they will find more than one and they won’t be from this planet, I can tell you that.” The Beast of Busco is laid out on a 3-inch vinyl octagonal sticker seen about to eat it’s lunch. The Little Green Men and Enfield Horror look amazing in full color on pocket notebooks with lined 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