The creator of the most recognized meme in the last decade is finally cashing in on his creation from 2005.
Matt Furie made several headlines when his notable Pepe the Frog cartoon sold for $1 million dollars last month at an NFT auction.
Furies’ creation first rose to fame when Pepe was discovered in Furies’ comic called “Boys Club” and then soon after went viral after it caught the eyes of Myspace, 4chan, Tumbler and Reddit users.
The artist has now released several Non Fungible Tokens and has put them up for sale on his website www.pegz.fun.
“Viral media is inside of our heads, our subconscious. It never ends," Pepe the Frog's creator said. #NFT https://t.co/nAmef32DYg
— Bitcoin News (@BTCTN) June 3, 2021
Pepe the Frog Reclaimed as an NFT by Creator
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The Washington Post added more to the story:
Matt Furie is a patient man. After many on the Internet co-opted his most famous cartoon creation more than a decade ago, he was long willing to live and let live. And when his same Pepe the Frog character popped up on the forefront on the crypto-art scene about five years ago, Furie watched from the sidelines and waited.
Now, he’s moving fully into the world of NFTs and their experimental possibilities.
Last month, an image of Pepe — the first authentic crypto-art of Furie’s iconic character — sold at auction for about $1 million. And the artist is planning to unveil a universe of collectible NFT characters — some of them his latest takes on Pepe.
“The NFT world is new, and there are a lot of optimistic people creating cool things,” Furie says of his interest in exploring non-fungible tokens — unique digital files whose origins and ownership can be verified. “Pepe does not have the baggage here that he does in the ‘real world,’ and I like working with utopians and optimistic freethinkers. There are so many possibilities.”
‘Pepe the Frog' NFT sells for $1 million – Micky News #NFT https://t.co/R50ks18pLJ
— Pamela Tucker (@ptnyc) May 31, 2021
Bitcoin News covered the story too:
“Nothing beats the real thing,” the creator of the notorious Pepe the Frog Internet meme told the Washington Post (WP) this week. Matt Furie is well known for creating Pepe the Frog back in 2005 in a comic called “Boys Club.” When the picture hit the web, it went viral on Myspace, Reddit, 4chan and Tumbler, and later was recognized as one of the most popular memes of the last decade. Now Furie is getting into the non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles game and he’s bringing Pepe with him.
Furie has launched a web portal called pegz.fun and it features animated 2-D and 3-D creatures that Furie crafted. Users can even sign up for “plops” which seem to be an airdrop of some kind featuring Furie’s NFTs. One of the NFT pegz features a colorful depiction of Furie’s famous Pepe the Frog character. While speaking with WP, Furie said a lot of NFT artists were creating interesting pieces.
“The NFT world is new, and there are a lot of optimistic people creating cool things,” Furie said during his interview. “Pepe does not have the baggage here that he does in the ‘real world,’ and I like working with utopians and optimistic freethinkers. There are so many possibilities,” the Pepe creator added.
"The winner was a prolific but secretive collector who goes only by the handle “punk4156.” The top bid: 420 in Ethereum currency for the stoner frog, as recorded on the OpenSea marketplace — which converted at the time to about $1 million."https://t.co/b51QOpJuBj
— 4156 (@punk4156) May 31, 2021
As NFTs become more and more popular many people are realizing their memes aren’t just for laughs but they can also bring them a sizable income too.
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