The Pixie and Brutus comic series is so sincere that with every cute drawing it publishes, it manages to unite cat and dog lovers. What started out as a random animal friendship has grown into so much more and the Pixie and Brutus fans can’t get enough of it now. And they also started producing their own fanart comics in between the releases of the originals to fulfil their desire. Some of them are also very, really fine. So fine, if you saw them on the line, you probably wouldn’t raise any concerns.
And the whole comic revolves around the two main animals that are adorable. I say, in the title, it is. A big part of what makes them so good is their chemistry. Ben Hed thought it would be a funny idea to add a small kitten to a big intimidating war dog while making Pixie and Brutus. ‘Pixie is a tiny, happy, enthusiastic kitten,’ Ben told in interview. “She’s innocent, and somewhat ignorant of the serious, dangerous things around her, too.”
Brutus, on the other hand, is a tall, scar-faced German Shepherd. He was rescued as a MWD by the owner of Pixie after retirement . 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 does what he can to shield her from the harsh realities of the world around him.
Another contributor, Kassandra from the United States, found Pixie and Brutus on the Instagram explore page. “I thought they were adorable and since then I’m a huge fan!
“I like the comic so much because [the strips] are simplistic and feel good. They make me smile when I’ve had a bad day. I also love the dynamic between the characters.”
Kassandra also suggests that the absence of traditional stereotypes like cats and dogs disliking each other is a big reason behind the success of Pixie and Brutus. “It doesn’t feature a mean cat or a goofy dog, the characters are unique,” she said. You don’t expect Brutus, based on his looks, to be so sweet of a brother.
“I would just like to add that all of Benjamin’s characters are amazing, not just Pixie and Brutus. Randal the Raccoon is a favourite of mine! And to all the fan artists who contribute to the Pixie and Brutus comics, I’ve seen a lot of your stuff and you are all amazing artists as well!”
Another fan artist, Juliette from France, follows Pixie and Brutus right from the start. “I really like the humour, the contrast between an old military dog and an innocent kitten,” she said. It works very well! I don’t really follow other animal-related comics, so I can’t make a lot of comparisons, but Ben Hed really managed to create something unique. I also like other characters’ personalities and how every storey is part of the same world, a kind of Pet Foolery CINEMATIC UNIVERSE HAHA “
Another contributor, from Belarus, is Anastasia. Via Instagram’s discovery page, she also found out about the series. “I really love the comics because Pixie and Brutus are so incredibly cute and it’s a completely different spin on pet comics. Nothing I’ve seen before,” she said. “Pixie and Brutus comics have a deeper meaning. For example, they show how friendships can be formed even between two opposite personalities.”