One and a half years ago, illustrator Ben Hed shared a new cartoon on his Instagram account. It features a foster cat named Pixie and a former military dog named Brutus. Ben decided to devote an entire series to the cute couple’s little fun outings after the Internet fell in love with them right away. “Honestly, Pixie and Brutus were just another strange comic concept I had while at work.” In a previous interview, Hed stated, “I never planned to develop a series for them.”
I just thought it would be amusing to introduce a lovely small kitten to a massive, terrifying combat dog. So I produced the first cute animal comic for Pixie and Brutus, and it was such a hit that I simply kept doing them. Ben now has over 2.3 million Instagram followers, with Pixie and Brutus playing a significant role in this staggering total. Whether you’re new to the series or a long-time fan, their new comics are just as pawesome as the old ones, and can truly brighten up your day.
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The series is, of course, much more than just its main characters. The supporting cast is amazing, the storytelling is exciting, and the art is lovely. But it really brings the complex, polar opposite stars of the show to another level. Ben introduced the beloved feline: “Pixie is a tiny, joyful, energetic kitten.” “She’s innocent, and somewhat ignorant of the serious, dangerous things around her, too.”
By comparison, Brutus is a huge, scar-faced German Shepherd. He was rescued as a Military Working Dog by the owner of Pixie after retirement (MWD). Brutus is the very opposite of Pixie, in several respects. He’s… seen things. He’s a very stern and intimidating military dog, but he’s got Pixie’s soft spot and he’s doing what he can to protect her from the harsh realities of the world around him.
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Keeping up with demand from such a big fan army might put pressure on others, but instead, Hed used it to push himself even further as an artist, saying “I worry about the performance of each comic, but before I created Pixie and Brutus, I worried about that too.” Following that interview, his Instagram followers increased dramatically, which he said never ceases to amaze him.
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