Creator Matt Furie wants to take Pepe away from the alt right.
If Pepe the Frog’s creator has anything to say about it, his creation will shake off the cloak of bigotry which has been thrown around its shoulders by members of the alt right.
Cartoonist Matt Furie told the Associated Press that he plans on reviving Pepe after killing him off last month – according to a report by ABC News.
To achieve this goal, he and his brother Jason have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 for the publication of a Pepe comic book.
In addition Furie has hired attorney Kimberly Motley to explore legal options against alt right-ists who have used Pepe’s image to promote their cause without the creator’s permission.
In the comic in which Furie killed off Pepe the titular frog was seen deceased in an open casket at a wake.
It was an emotional end for a character devised by Furie in his 2005 comic book ‘Boy’s Club’ which initially had very little to do with politics.
Furie himself identifies as a progressive and was reported to be horrified at the use of Pepe’s image to promote racism – anti-Semitism – misogyny and other hateful ideas.