Fantagraphics, Creator Condemn Use of Pepe the Frog"). In a one-page story in World’s Greatest Cartoonists, Fantagraphics Free Comic Book Day offering, Pepe is shown lying in a coffin, with his friends gathered around.
Pepe originated in Boys Club comics by Furie, collected into a trade paperback released last summer. It was widely used in memes, many of which were initially innocuous. Then the character began showing up in racist messaging and the Anti-Defamation League labeled it as a hate symbol. Fantagraphics Books and Furie condemned its use by racist groups, but now Furie has apparently decided to put the character to rest.
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Posted by Milton Griepp on May 7, 2017 @ 6:26 pm CT