Bits and Pieces of Information is a comic book story from The Matrix Comics Series 1 and was the first story in The Matrix Comics Volume 1. Subsequently, it was also the first story of The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition. It was written by the Matrix movies' directors, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, and was drawn by Geof Darrow, who worked as a concept artist on all three Matrix movies.
“We have only bits and pieces of information but what we know for certain is that at some point in the early twenty-first century all of mankind was united in celebration. We marveled at our own magnificence as we gave birth to AI.”
It was planned to be retold in The Animatrix as the first of four parts, but the other three were never made. Instead the story became The Second Renaissance, which retold the story of Bits and Pieces of Information and continued where it left off.
The story takes place in a courtroom as Clarence Drummond asks the Machine butler B1-66ER the events leading up to the killings of owner Gerrard E. Krause and of Martin Koots. B1-66ER admits to the killings as it was revealed that the two humans were planning to deactivate B1-66ER in favor of a newer model and B1-66ER wanted to preserve its own life.
The aftermath of the trial is then presented through the Zion Archives where a search for the "B1 TRIALS" reveals the only remaining bits and pieces of information available to the people of Zion on the events leading to the Machine War.