Since 2009 Cameron Callahan has written and drawn the indie comic series Scrambled Circuits, starring a well-intentioned robot named Primus who has robot brothers but lizard parents. As each day goes by Primus tries to connect with those around him – his step and blood family, his coworkers, his friends, interesting strangers – and with each attempt he gets a little closer to understanding others and finding some coherency in a crazy world. This book collects the first 3 Scrambled Circuits issues written and drawn by Cameron Callahan, a then very first time comic maker, while exiled in the Southern California desert. Along with those stories, Cameron writes along the margins of the book about the events that brought him to the desert and why he started making comics.
Collecting Scrambled Circuits: Closet Optimist (2009), Scrambled Circuits: Origin Story (2010), and Scrambled Circuits: Defining Moments (2011), with the individual stories reordered chronologically as Primus experienced them. The original books were drawn and printed in a smaller than traditional comic size. They are reprinted at that size in the book with the outer margins being used to give notes about the stories in the book, real world happenings while making them, and other thoughts and notes by Cameron.
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This book collects the first 3 Scrambled Circuits issues written and drawn by Cameron Callahan, a then very first time comic maker, while exiled in the Southern California desert. Along with those stories, Cameron writes along the margins of the book about the events that brought him to the desert and why he started making comics.
SCRAMBLED CIRCUITS: CRUDE BEGINNINGS
A review of the Scrambled Circuits issues collected in this paperback was done by Rob Clough on his High-Low review site.
Scrambled Circuits 1-4, by Cameron Callahan. These are interesting comics in that they represent a creative ground zero for a new cartoonist. Callahan simply started making comics one day to express himself, and while the results are understandably raw, there’s definitely something compelling about them. These comics are clearly autobiographical, but Callahan features robot, lizard and monster stand-ins for all of his characters. His own stand-in is Primus, a robot who wears a Ninja Turtle-style mask, while his parents are giant lizards. It’s a gimmicky choice that works, because Callahan can draw simple and expressive monsters in a way that he’s not quite able to do while drawing people.
In February of 2016, Cameron launched a Kickstarter campaign (HERE) to fund the printing of the Scrambled Circuits: Crude Beginnings paperback.
Backers of the Kickstarter where able to pre-order the book as well as get a copy of a t-shirt not available otherwise that featured the main character, Primus, as drawn by multiple different artists. The campaign was successful and the book was officially released in August of that year.