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 9 features two notebooks with custom cover art and one rectangular vinyl sticker. New York, Delaware, and Kansas are the states we’re focusing on with the latest Karas Kreepers Notebook/Sticker set. Legend has it that a giant monster, named Champ or Champy, lives in the depths of Lake Champlain. The man the lake is named after, Samuel de Champlain, is said to have written about the monster in his journals though some say the sightings of the creature go back even further. In the 1970s, a photograph of the horned lake beast was taken by a vacationing woman that has since become quite famous, and the area is still rife with sightings of the beast. Down in the remnants of Kansan lakes and streams lives a monster described as a dragon or snake-like monster. Sightings around the town of Inman, Kansas go back as far as 1952, when two unidentified fishermen reported seeing some massive snake-like creature in a sinkhole they were trying to catch some fish in. A year later, a young man fired multiple shots at Sink Hole Sam when he saw the fearsome beast in the Big Sinkhole, though Sam escaped. It seems Sink Hole Sam still prowls the waters of this small community in Kansas surfacing now and then to terrorize the locals. If there’s anything more terrifying than a creepy swamp, it’s a creepy swamp that’s home to a more frightening monster. That’s the case with the Great Cypress Swamp or Burnt Swamp in Selbyville, Delaware. This swamp was (or maybe still is) the home of a great yeti-like monster that’s been sighted since the 1960s. The Selbyville Swamp Monster was photographed by a young man in 1964 though no one was able to catch the great beast, and parents of small children have long warned that the swamp monster would come to grab them if they misbehaved. Champy adorns a custom rectangular vinyl sticker. The Selbyville Swamp Monster and Sink Hole Sam 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