It all started as yet another crazy comic idea. A cat and a dog, and their strange friendship.
“Pixie is a little, cheerful, lively kitten,” artist Ben Hed once said. “She’s innocent, yet she’s also oblivious to the serious, frightening things going on around her.”
In contrast, Brutus is a tall German Shepherd with a scarred face. Pixie’s owner reclaimed him as a Military Working Dog once he retired (MWD). Brutus is the complete opposite of Pixie in many aspects. He’s been to a lot of places and seen a lot of things. He’s a tough and frightening military canine, yet he has a soft spot for Pixie and goes out of his way to shield her from the harsh realities of life.
Ben had no intention of making a series on Pixie and Brutus, but his followers (and virtually the entire internet) were so enamoured with them that he felt it would be a sin not to.
We’ve already published their comics here, here, and here, but Ben continues to expand their universe and tell new stories, so we just have to keep up.
As you can see from these comics, there is no pandemic where Pixie and Brutus live. “I’ve never really included current events in any of my comics,” Ben explained. It’s not like it’s a conscious decision; it’s just not going to happen naturally to me. Perhaps it would be different if my comics focused solely on humans rather than dogs and cats.
While we’re on the subject, the coronavirus outbreak had no effect on the artist’s artistic work. I draw comics alone in a dark room in my house, so I’m already confined for the day! He stated. “Nothing really changed in that regard.”
Pixie and Brutus’ fan base has been fast rising (currently Ben has over 2.5 million Instagram followers). Keeping up with demand may have put strain on others, but Hed used it to motivate himself: “I worry about the performance of each comic, but I worried about it before I created Pixie and Brutus.”