It’s been a while but everyone’s favorite comic duo – Pixie and Brutus – is finally back with a handful of new wacky adventures. People just can’t seem to get enough of author Ben Hed’s comics – he has gained over 300k followers on Instagram since we last featured his comics back in May.
In his previous interviews, Ben said that at first, Pixie and Brutus were nothing more than a random comic idea he had at work and he never planned on turning it into a series. Well, we glad he did! In fact, we’re not the only ones that are glad – some fans of the duo can’t get enough of the comics and even started creating their own! See what Pixie and Brutus have been up to in the gallery below and don’t forget to check out all of the duo’s comics we’ve featured before here, here, here and here!
Ben’s comic ‘Pet Foolery’ is a real phenomenon on the internet. More than 2 million people (that’s right!) follow Pixie and Brutus’ stories on Instagram! Also, over 15,000 people support the artist on Patreon. “It was like one moment I was doing illustration on Instagram as a side-job for some extra money, then all of a sudden I had over a million followers, and illustration became my full-time job!” Ben writes on his Patreon page about his rise to fame.
In two previous interviews, the artist talked to Bored Panda about his work, his inspiration for the cartoon, as well as his dreams, hopes and plans for the future.
“Pixie is a tiny, joyful, energetic kitten. She’s innocent, and also somewhat oblivious to the serious, dangerous stuff around her,” Ben the artist toldBored Panda during one of the interviews. “On the other hand, Brutus is a large, scar-faced German Shepherd. He was adopted by Pixie’s owner after retiring as a Military Working Dog (MWD). Brutus, in many ways, is the exact opposite of Pixie. He’s… Seen things. He’s a very serious and intimidating military dog, but he has a soft spot for Pixie and does what he can to protect her from the harsh realities of the world around them.”
“Honestly, Pixie and Brutus were just another random comic idea I had while at work. I was never planning on making them a series; I just thought it would be a funny idea to introduce a cute little kitten to a big intimidating war dog. So I made the first Pixie and Brutus cute animal comic and people liked it so much, I just kept making them,” Ben explained the origins of the friendly cat-and-dog duo.
In another interview, Ben went into more detail about his expectations for his comics: “I do worry about each comic’s performance, but I worried about that before I created Pixie and Brutus too.”
Ben noted that he gets “tons of feedback” from his fans: “What they liked about the comic, what they thought was going to happen, ideas for future comics, ideas for new characters. There are probably a couple of funny comics in my feed that are entirely inspired by a comment on one of my posts.”
He also said that the comics have evolved over time: “Their designs are a bit different from the first P and B comic, and I guess Brutus has gotten gradually less hostile towards other characters as of late, but other than that. It’s pretty much the same.”
“I thought it would be cool to have them adapted into a TV show, but that’s long term. Probably won’t even ever happen… but maybe,” Ben expressed his hopes for the future.