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.
We’ve reached the end of our journey through the 50 states and they’re creepy cryptid, and just in time for Halloween. We didn’t plan it that way, it just so happens to have worked out that the final big push all came together in October 2021. This Notebook/Sticker Super Set is one of three releases this month that will put the final touches on this awesome journey we’ve been on. We’ve done things differently with this set, sourcing four notebooks with graph paper, two stickers, and a magnet; hence the term “super set”. The notebooks are kraft cover with custom color printing of four of the final eight Cryptids. The Arkansas Fouke Monster, a bigfoot-like monster that attacked a local man in 1971 and became the subject of the 11th highest-grossing film of 1972. Perhaps a cousin of the Fouke Monster is the Mogollon Monster, northern Arizona’s own bigfoot that was first sighted in 1903 and continues to be seen as far south as Prescott and as far north as the Grand Canyon. Onward to North Carolina, where a string of animal deaths in 1953 and 1954 were attributed to a large cat-bear creature aptly named the Beast of Bladenboro. Wrapping up the notebooks with a trip to Oregon, we come face-to-face with Collosal Claude, a 40-foot water serpent sighted in 1934 in the Columbia River that continues to be seen from time to time around the coast of Oregon. Our first sticker features a diecut scene from Montana, the site of the terrifying Shunka Warak’in, a canine-like beast that has its roots in Indigenous folklore but continues to be sighted to this day. The second sticker is a square rendering of Sam Harris, The Northfield Pigman, a 17-year old boy who went missing in 1951 described as having the face of a pig and white hair, though some believe a bigfoot-like creature ate Sam Harris. Lastly, we’re including a small fridge magnet that features the words Karas Kreepers and several of our favorite cryptids mixed in with the letters, originally this graphic was used in our emails as a title card for the Karas Kreepers set.
The notebooks are courtesy of Jak Prints, a Colorado company. They measure 3.875″ x 5.5″, with a standard kraft cover with full color graphics. The inside features 48 pages of 60# graph paper, more suitable for use with pencil, ballpoint, or rollerball though a fountain pen can work with some inks. The stickers are vinyl format from Sticker Mule, a worldwide printing company with headquarters in Colorado.
100 Sets available