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Coin-Op Carnival - A New E.M. Focused Publication


By RyanClaytor

81 days ago



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    #251 9 days ago
    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    Wait, what? Do you work at a print shop?

    Going on 28 years.....
    See you tomorrow.

    John

    #252 9 days ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    That looks all to familiar. But I'm glad you chose the right printer for the job......LOL.

    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    Wait, what? Do you work at a print shop?

    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    Going on 28 years.....

    Wha--

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    ERMERGERD!!! *Friend-Fail*

    *hangs head*

    ...see you tomorrow, John. *sigh*

    #253 8 days ago

    At Summit Sports, Comics and Games in Fort Wayne, IN for the next couple hours as part of the 2019 Coin-Op Carnival Release Tour!IMG_20190515_094433723_HDR (resized).jpgIMG_20190515_095446427 (resized).jpg

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    #254 3 days ago

    The signing at...

    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    Summit Sports, Comics and Games in Fort Wayne, IN

    ...last week went well. I've never been to this store's Indiana location (they have a second location in Lansing, MI...where I live) and I was pretty taken aback upon walking in:

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    The location was HUGE with product piled floor to very high ceiling, making it a fun place to explore. I arrived shortly before their opening bell and they already had a table set up for me in a main aisle of their store:

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    I set up our product and was ready to go by the time doors opened:

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    Because it was...

    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    Wednesday, which also happens to be new comic book day (the day each week that new comics are released)

    ...I chat with a number of folks who, while interested in comics, pinball and coin-op was completely off their radar. Which was perfectly fine! The goal of this book is to reach multiple audiences: coin-op/pinball enthusiasts as well as those who haven't thought about pinball in a number of years. I had several conversations with curious parties about the state of the pinball industry and where this book is situated in the history of this rich hobby. Not all of them were interested enough to give it a try, but several of them were! The store itself also purchased a number of copies before I left, so if you're in the Fort Wayne, IN area and you'd like to take a look through the book in-person before purchasing, head over to:

    Summit Sports, Comics and Games
    4240 W. Jefferson Blvd, #8
    Fort Wayne, IN 46804

    ...and ask to see Coin-Op Carnival. Many thanks to Summit for their commitment to us and their support of the 2019 Coin-Op Carnival Tour!

    The tour stop lasted a couple hours and ended around noon. After packing my bags and grabbing a burrito for the road, I started the couple hour trek back to Michigan. Before crossing back into my home state, I spotted an Indiana Antique Store off the highway and back a little dirt road:

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    ...and decided to stop:

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    They didn't have anything in the way of coin-op. The closest I found was this carny target:

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    ...but for that price:

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    ...I took a hard pass.

    They also had a...uh...

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    ...uhm...an...old...dried-up...corn...post?

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    Oh, a Cob Tree. That's what I said.

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    Anyhow, I did run across a couple books of interest, like this one on tin cans...

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    ...that had some gorgeous design examples inside:

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    ...and this other book on vintage radio repair:

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    Eventually, I got back on the road and continued my trip home, during which I got a call from a delivery company. If you recall, the reprints of our...

    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    ...books...should [have been] ready for pick-up by Thursday...

    ...however, it seems as though they were ready a day early (this being Wednesday) and the delivery truck was already at my doorstep. I told him I was expecting a call to schedule the delivery prior to the books showing up at my home. That didn't make much difference as the books were in a truck at my house. I told the delivery fellow it would be another couple of hours before I arrived home, but that he could go ahead and leave them on the front step. I trust my neighbors and didn't think much of it...until this pleasant, blue-skied, drive...

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    ...began to cloud over...

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    ...and get progressively darker...

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    ...the closer I got to my home.

    At this point I felt like I was in a race against weather in an effort to remove our books from the elements before an unanticipated rainstorm ruined them.

    Thankfully, I arrived prior to any precipitation and found all the books safely stacked outside:

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    To make a long story short, the books have now been moved safely inside, stored, and we're ready to complete our tour without the fear of running short on books.

    Speaking of tour stops, the next one is quickly approaching, in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS(!??!) This time I'll be out west in Pacific Time Zone at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, NV:

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    Here's some copy-and-pastable information:

    Coin Op Carnival Tour Stop
    Pinball Hall of Fame
    1610 E. Tropicana Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89119
    Sunday, June 2, 2019
    11AM-1PM

    I'd love to meet any pinsiders out there and if you know of anyone in Vegas you think might be interested, we'd love your help spreading the word.

    Thanks for your continued support,
    Ryan and Nick

    #255 3 days ago

    Wait, on that Tin Can book, is that ... LionCan (resized).jpg
    I have to imagine Frank Fritz on American Pickers must have a lot of these books since he is into cans (especially old oil cans).

    Kidding aside, I'm actually off June 1-4, but I'm going to be in Banning on the evening of the 1st, so i can't make the trip to Vegas (which I need to do again some day soon).
    Hope you still have some of the books left by mid July.

    #256 3 days ago

    They also had a...uh...
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    ...uhm...an...old...dried-up...corn...post?
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    Oh, a Cob Tree. That's what I said.
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    Hey Ryan,

    The cob tree is for the birds...literally. You Cali kids, sheesh. And you teaching at mighty, mighty MSU too (sigh).

    And damn, that was a brutally high price for that carnival midway cat!
    I don't think we talked about my summers earning money as a carny at the Calhoun County fair. We should do that next time.

    Anyway, I finished Coin-op Carnival and am looking forward to Vol 2.
    As I mentioned at the Ann Arbor Pinball Showcase, I'll be traveling when you're at PHoF in Las Vegas (my neck of the woods now),
    but I'll see you down the road later on.

    Best wishes for continued success.

    Piscis Magnus (aka "Herm")

    #257 2 days ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    Wait, on that Tin Can book, is that ...

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    Hope you still have some of the books left by mid July.

    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

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    Quoted from PiscisMagnus:

    The cob tree is for the birds...literally. You Cali kids, sheesh. And you teaching at mighty, mighty MSU too (sigh).

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    Quoted from PiscisMagnus:

    I don't think we talked about my summers earning money as a carny at the Calhoun County fair.

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    Quoted from PiscisMagnus:

    Anyway, I finished Coin-op Carnival and am looking forward to Vol 2.

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    P.S. Incoming PM, Herm.

    #258 2 days ago

    If you haven't seen this book in person, make a point to get one. Awesome book, from some really great people.

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