There's a funny story behind this pop bumper illustration (from DTZ issue 1) that I think is really indicative of how oblivious I used to be about pinball. Before I start yabbering away about said illustration, here it is:
"So what's the big deal?" I hear you cry. Well that IS how a pop bumper works, but when I drew this that IS NOT how I thought it worked. Originally, I thought that the *metal* pinball would touch the top and bottom lips which I *thought* were made of metal. I thought this would compete and electrical connection that would activate the pop bumper. I tried to find the original art so that I could take a snapshot of it, but when I drew this, there was no arrow on the left illustration! It was a couple more of those shocking-bolt-electricity-things. My perception of pinball was so flawed! In what universe would the Jon Chad Pop Bumper System (trademark) work!?! Luckily, I caught myself before the illustration hit the layout of DTZ one, and I "corrected" the image in Photoshop.
I might be making something out of nothing, but I think it's interesting how simple a pinball machine is, and yet can be so hard to initially understand. (Gets up on Novus box) I would LOVE to do an illustrated book where I describe the different simple machines that amalgamate to form a pinball machine! I'm putting this out there, universe! Make my dreams come TRUUUUUUUE!!