Scatterbrain 01: Massive Delirium (A Comic Book)

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Bonus Cover, colored by Jesse Moriarty
Bonus Cover, colored by Jesse Moriarty

Scatterbrain Commentary

Scatterbrain is a comic I started in 2007 with one goal in mind: discover religion. In 2007, I was 17 and just started thinking for myself. I was addicted to action anime, and a nihilist for show but hopeless romantic at heart — all of which can be seen in the first issue of Scatterbrain.

Recently, I’ve been rebooting Scatterbrain — from the ground up. If you read Massive Delirium, it won’t matter because the new Scatterbrain 01 is unrecognizable from this. Instead, I’m taking this as an opportunity to document my progress.

Why Reboot Scatterbrain?

I started this issue in 2007, but finished it in 2008. Why is that important? In 2008, I had successfully gone off to college, gotten drunk, dropped out, and was looking for work. I was purposeless, unmotivated, and apathetic — hence Kibblecone (the drunk).

In an effort to create something of value, I finished Scatterbrain 01… and five years later realized the inherent flaw. At my worst… if someone came to me and said, “Hey you, you’re gonna save the universe,” I would dive in wholeheartedly.

It wouldn’t matter if it was a bum on the street or naked stranger, that’s a hell of a compliment and I’m a hope against hope, or “faith against faith” kind of person. I understand reason and logic, but when serendipity happens, I don’t think “coincidence” I think the universe has a hand in it.

In any case, call it a lack of talent, but I could not figure out one good reason to have Kibblecone be apathetic when a calling fell into his lap. Plus, apathetic characters are not the best to carry a story — as I would later learn.

In the meantime, this issue was meant to take a common Jesus feat, i.e. teach the blind how to see, but twist it a little. The blind in this case are the boys who can’t hit a ball well, so in the end, he teaches them…

Oh? The ninja? 17 and addicted to anime. I thought I needed some ACTION, but didn’t have a lot going on there. If anything, I’ve learned that the best moments of this first attempt, were the ones that were quiet and closed.

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I was such a fan of this joke and nowadays, I don’t know what it means — if anything. Funnily enough however, when I first pitched this line to a friend of mine (codenamed, The Suss), he said, “Oh, like James?” And I said, “What?” And he said, “James 2:24, he shall not be judged by works alone, but by faith as well,” which sums up the premise nicely.

Some call it coincidence.

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This was one of the last pages I drew. The one I had had was just so ugly.

Don’t get me wrong, much of the art in this issue is amateur (at best), but I’m pretty proud of the second panel. The angle, the shading, the perspective… all of it worked nicely.

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The pinky sticking out was just cus I forgot to add it while inking. But as with making a mistake on-stage, if you do it once, do it again to make it look intentional. So later, on page 17, I broke his pinky — for being uncooperative in the first place.

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Not a great page, but the last panel… pretty sweet.

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Added those storm clouds retrospectively. It had been several months since I’d drawn a page, let alone Kibblecone and I’d forgotten how to do his hair… so on page 17, I made it rain, so I didn’t have to bother.

Speaking of which…

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Bottom panel on this one… I still consider an achievement. Even though I’d like to believe my art style is much improved over all this, this shot looks excellent. I love the rain plipping on his armor. I love the ominous dialogue, I love the rain drizzling down. I love his pointy helmet intercepting the previous panel.

This panel made me keep going

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“You never go full retard” or in my case, “full anime.” This is me at my worst, which is funny since I was working in a trio and we needed to have our first issues done in 24 hours (we’d had over a month). I was so close to finishing and I went full anime to wrap this out.

Although I do like the boxers on him.

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Exposition… I could not — still don’t — know how to end things. This is an awfully rushed ending… but don’t matter.

Issue 2 is where it all really began.

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4 comments

  1. J.K. Post authorReply

    Dude, we just spoke, why didn’t you tell me you were putting your comic on the site already! Awesome, way to go buddy!!!

      • J.K. Post authorReply

        Did you add the commentary after you posted this? I thought there was a post between issue 1 & 2 but couldn’t find it.

        • Derek Hobson Post authorReply

          Yeah, haha, I realized it made more sense to include the commentary since no one would read it otherwise.

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