Hello faithful Elephant Eater Comics Readers,

I feel like this announcement is a long time coming, so let’s get straight to the point. After more than two years of work, I’m ready to present the next Elephant Eater Comics offering, titled:

Coin-Op Carnival: Electrifying Tales of Mechanical Contraptions

Coin-Op Carnival, a new 64-page print publication, is the only source for illustrated content about electro-mechanical coin-operated devices (pinball and pre-video arcade games produced prior to 1978). Each issue includes an interview with a game designer, in-depth game reviews, technical information, product spotlights, comics, and more. The entire publication features new full-color illustrations on each page from me (a number of them feature full-pages of comics) and the articles are co-written by Nick Baldridge, my great friend and technical wizard, and me.

Nick and I conceived of this project over two years ago. Since that time we’ve been dedicating a tremendous amount of effort and research to this important historical document that we hope will be interesting and accessible to both pinball aficionados and newcomers to this rich and fascinating industry. Here’s an advanced look at some of our articles:

Coin-Op Carnival #1 debuts TODAY (Friday, March 22nd) at the 2019 Texas Pinball Festival, the largest pinball convention in the United States, where Nick and I will have a booth in the vendor hall from March 22-24, 2019 and conduct a seminar about our new publishing venture this evening. Here are the details:

Coin-Op Carnival Grand Release Seminar
2019 Texas Pinball Festival
7600 John Q Hammons Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034
Friday, March 22nd, at 8pm CDT

If you're unable to attend the Texas Pinball Festival, they will be liveStreaming the seminar here:


Nick and I will be joined in our seminar this evening by noted Pinball Historian, Gordon Hasse, who will contextualize our upcoming publication release within the broader framework of pinball publications that have preceded our own.

For the release of the first issue, Nick and I are also embarking on a 10 state, 16 stop, book signing tour to promote Coin-Op Carnival‘s release. As I mentioned, the first stop is the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco, Texas, with fifteen stops across America to follow.

Copies of issue #1 will be also be available for purchase online at the Elephant Eater Comics webstore or the new Coin-Op Carnival dedicated website, starting March 22nd, 2019:


Cover price of issue #1 is $15. Additional volumes will follow roughly every other year.

To learn more about Coin-Op Carnival, visit:

Web: www.coinopcarnival.com
Twitter: @CoinOpCarnival
Facebook: facebook.com/groups/coinopcarnival

Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics - Owner/Artist
Web: www.ElephantEater.com

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