Artist Ben Hed previously told Bored Panda, “Pixie is a little, cheerful, lively kitten.” “She’s naive and naïve to the serious, deadly things going on around her.”
Brutus, on the other hand, is a huge German Shepherd with scars on his face, who was adopted by Pixie’s owner after retiring as a Military Working Dog (MWD). In many ways, Brutus is the polar opposite of Pixie.He’s seen a lot of stuff. He’s a serious and scary military dog, yet he has a soft spot for Pixie and does everything he can to keep her safe from the harsh realities of life.”
Ben had no intention of turning their escapades into a series, but his fans (and pretty much the entire Internet) were so enamored with Pixie and Brutus that he felt it would be a sin not to.
We’ve already published their comics here, here, and here, but Ben keeps expanding their universe and creating new stories, so we’ll simply have to keep up.
There is no epidemic where Pixie and Brutus live, as you can see from these strips. Ben told Bored Panda, “I’ve never really included current events in any of my cartoons.” “It’s not that I’m making a conscious choice; it just doesn’t come naturally to me.” Maybe it would be different if my comics were more about people and less about animals and dogs.”
While we’re on the subject, the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t really affected the artist’s creative work too. “I draw comics alone in a dark room in my own home, so I’m already pretty much quarantined all day!” he said. “Nothing really changed in that regard.”
If you look at Ben’s Instagram account, you’ll note that his work isn’t limited to Pixie and Brutus—you’ll also find fish on dates, overconfident fitness coaches instructing people how to act like tigers, and much, much more.
“It’s really whatever comes to mind.” Of course, Pixie and Brutus comics aren’t the only ones that come to mind. “Every now and then, I have an idea for a joke or tale that doesn’t quite suit with P and B, so I make it with other regular characters or even whole new characters,” Ben revealed.
The fandom for Pixie and Brutus has been gradually expanding (currently Ben has over 2.5 million Instagram followers). Keeping up with demand may put some people under pressure, but Hed has used it to motivate himself: “I am concerned about each comic’s performance, but I was concerned about it before I developed Pixie and Brutus as well.” His fan base grew significantly as a result of that interview, something he claims never ceases to amaze him.
It’s inspiring to see someone as dedicated to their profession as Ben. Ben, for example, recently revealed the entire tale and emotional circumstances around how Brutus the dog acquired his scars while serving in the military.
According to the artist, developing this comic took significantly longer than any other he’s ever posted on Instagram. This was due to the amount of effort he put out, not just in drawing the cartoon but also in conducting research. “This comic took longer than any other comic I’ve released to Instagram, partly due to its length and detail, and partly due to the amount of research I did before drawing anything,” Ben explained.