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Blepe, a portmanteau of "blue" and "Pepe," is a nickname given to the character Brett from the webcomic Boy's Club after artist Matt Furie illustrated a comic depicting Pepe the Frog as deceased in early May 2017.
On May 6th, 2017, comic book publisher by Fantagraphics released an issue of Worlds Greatest Cartoonists featuring a comic by Matt Furie in which Pepe is shown laying in a casket at his funeral. That day, several news sites reported that Furie had "killed" the character by publishing the comic, including CBR, Mary Sue and Mashable. That day, a anonymous 4chan user submitted the comic to /pol/, referring to Furie as a "fucking monster" for killing off the character. In the thread, a user posted the full comic zoomed in on the blue-colored character Brett, saying "It's the time for Blepe."
Shortly after, several pictures of Brett drawn in a similar style to Pepe were submitted to the thread, with many calling to turn more of Furie's characters into memes (shown below).
On May 7th, a post requesting additional Blepe illustrations was submitted to the /wsr/ (worksafe requests) board on 4chan, where the original poster revealed that the many were campaigning for Blepe to become the new mascot of the /bant/ (international / random) board.
That day, Redditor Dank_Skeletons submitted a post declaring Pepe the Frog as "dead" and advising readers to "invest in Brett/Blepe" to /r/MemeEconomy. Meanwhile, Redditor masavo000 submitted screenshots of several Blepe 4chan posts, asking "should we invest in Blepe the blue?" (shown below).
 4plebs – Pepe is dead!
 Reddit – What happened to Pepe and who is Blepe
 Reddit – Pepe is Dead. Invest in Brett/Blepe
 CBR – Pepe the Frog is Dead
 Mary Sue – Guess What Happened to Pepe the Frog on Free Comic Book Day
 Mashable – Pepe the Frog became a hate icon so his creator killed him off
 Reddit – A new pepe in the market?
 Archive.is – /wsr/ thread
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