The webcomic series Pixie and Brutus that follows compassion between a tiny, joyful, energetic kitten, and her large, scar-faced German Shepherd have united both cat lovers and the dog lovers. According to their cartoonist, the animal adventure began as a random comic idea, but since people really liked the series, he kept it up.
The playful, humorous, sweet storyline of Pixie and Brutus now has 1.7 Million Instagram followers. It doesn’t matter whether you have been following their comic strip already or you haven’t experienced it so far, the unlikely friendship of this Kitten and Doggy can always bring a smile to the face of the fans, anytime.
Pixie and Brutus fandom has been rapidly growing and to keep them entertained Hed has decided to introduce a line of some merchandise. Last time the illustrator spoke to Bored Panda mentioned that the idea of making Pixie and Brutus plushies was in the works, and now it seems we can expect them in the near future: “Yes actually; gonna start with just Pixie. There are a few changes that still need to be made, but if I had to guess a date, I’d say we’ll start selling within 3 months. If we sell enough Pixie plushies, we can do other characters ( Brutus next, most likely).”
Keeping up with demand might pose pressure for some but instead, Hed has used it to push himself, saying last time “I do worry about each comic’s performance, but I worried about that before I created Pixie and Brutus too.” Following that interview, his Instagram followers substantially increased which he said never ceases to shock him.
Not only does he not feel pressure from his fans but they inspire him through their comments. “Tons of feedback. What they liked about the comic, what they thought was gonna happen, ideas for future comics, ideas for new characters. There are probably a couple of comics in my feed that are entirely inspired by a comment on one of my posts.”
Through Pixie and Brutus’s evolution, Hed has become a full-time illustrator, and while he says he gets a lot less sun, not much has changed for his two characters. “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.”
So what can we expect for the future adventures of this dynamic duo? For now, Hed is still just focused on creating enjoyable comics – but there is still room to dream. “I’ve been thinking it would be cool to have them adapted into a tv show, but that’s LONG long term. Probably won’t even ever happen… but maybe.”
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