Sunday, January 31, 2010

Going Bananas on Mill Avenue

The yellow one was with the Justice League on Mill Avenue.
Here's of a shot of the big yellow guy making his presence known to Clif the Lawyer.

Clif the Lawyer likes a good time just as much as the next guy. But the banana just wouldn't leave him alone. Big Yellow actually caused Clif to miss a nice bus shot. But did Clif lose his cool? Heck no, Clif the Lawyer's got enough patience to be a doctor.

Here's the the banana with four runners warming up for the P.F. Chang's Marathon.
One of the girls shouted in a German accent, "HEY, WHY ARE YOU PHOTOGRAPHING A BANANA?"
To which I adeptly replied, "I, I DON'T HAVE THE SLIGHTEST IDEA!"

The big guy looms high above Mill Avenue in the high rise parking garage with Clif, Rick and Casey.

Here I am trying to get artsy with the banana and a windo reflection shot. Looks like I'm all about bananas and reflection shots.

The big banana didn' make it to the end of the shoot. I got hungry. There will be other bananas and other shoots.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SnYder CoMics #4

SnYder CoMics 2010

For years, the common No Checks sign in restaurants has compelled me to do a bad Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd wild and crazy guys imitation and make a scene similar to the one portrayed in my comic. It never gets old for me. As for my wife, it's another story...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Arizona Justice League of Photograpers On Mill Avenue

The Arizona Justice League of Photographers recently ventured out to Mill Avenue in Tempe
From left to right are Rick the I.T. Guy, Casey the Chef, Clif the Lawyer and Yours Truly.

Mill Avenue runds along the Western side of Arizona State University. Lined with gorgeous ficus trees and dotted with coffee shops, book stores, restaurants, bars and funky curious characters, it's a fantastic place to take a few pictures on a crisp January morning. It's also a great place for a date. My wife and I took a cozy stroll along Mill Avenue on the night we met.

These two characters were kind enough snap a few pictures of our crew. They introduced themselves as Lucy and Ricky, a couple of wandering Bolivian billionaires. It's not every day you meet wandering Bolivian billionaires.

This is Mill Avenue's name sake, the Hayden Flour Mill. The structure is nearly a hundred years old and rumored to be haunted.

I tried to get artistic this time around.

Clif the Lawyer came up with the idea of climbing up to the top floor of a parking structure for some top of the world type shots. My acrophobia was in full swing.

Here's a reflection shot into a glass building. If you look closely you can see Clif and me snapping away from the top of the structure.

Here's your run of the mill girl with a cat on a leash and kid holding a sword with a cat on his shoulder. I asked him what the sword was for and he just laughed, scary like. I laughed too, as I walked away, real fast like.

No big deal - a picture of a guy standing in front of a phone booth talking on a cell phone.

How about a picture of a guy standing in front of a phone booth talking on a banana?
Yeah, that's what I thought...

Here's Clif the Lawyer under the lush cover ficus trees having a conversation with one of the Mill Avenue regulars.

Really don't know what to say about this head shop window photo. Just thought it looked kinda cool in an every little thing goanna be alright kinda way...

This bus obviously made it's destination. I'd like to know what the launch point was.

This is a shot of All Saint's Catholic Church across the street from ASU. Over a hundred years old, it's the oldest house of worship in greater metropolitan Phoenix

Here I am trying to be mister artistic photographer guy.

I thiught the light flashes between the orange tree leaves might make a good picture.

I know what you're thinking. Where the heck are the goof ball banana shots?
Next week, friends. Next week.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bloggers Can Help the Suffering People in Haiti

Go to Blogger Buzz. Put a 'Support The Haiti Disaster Relief Effort' widget on your blog, as I have done in my sidebar.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Story from The Eight Fingered Criminal's Son

A story from The Eight Fingered Criminal's Son
“The Laughing Monks (1998)"
by W.Z Snyder
© 2006 William Snyder

The Laughing Monks
(Scottsdale, Arizona – 1998)


Check current postings to learn how to purchase a copy.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

SnYder CoMic #2

2010 SnYder CoMic # 2

Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, was also an exceptional professional baseball player.
As a matter of fact, Peter was named Wookie of the Year.

There you have, SnYder CoMic #2.

While I sincerely doubt the newspapers will be beating down my door, I'm relatively confident that I topped SnYder CoMic #1.
I thought about wowing you all with something really spectacular, but I realized that would until coming up with a spectacular comic. I did come up the pun. I'm not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Moshing with Skeletal Secrets and a Couple of Cactus Shots

Hanging with Skeletal Secrets

A couple of weeks ago I took advantage of an opportunity to attend a Skeletal Secrets Concert. Above, I can be seen standing with former student band members Gabe and Nick. I'm the goofball in the middle. I still want to know what the hand signs mean.

Got to tell you, I'm not so old that I can't enjoy a little heavy metal music. As a matter of fact, I happen to know there are countless subcategories of metal music. You've got you basic death metal, speed metal and black metal. Skeletal Secrets is known across the greater Phoenix area as an operetic metal band. The lead singer, Chelsie, a current student of mine and a talented opera singer, handles the lead vocals.

I didn't realize they still had mosh pits. Obviously, I'm a little old for mosh pits. On the other hand, it's like Leroy Satchel Paige said, "When it comes to age, it's all mind over matter; it you don't mind, it don't matter."

It's been a little over two weeks and I almost have full range of motion back in my neck and I'm hardly limping at all, thank you.

Justice League Cactus Shots and a Window

These sans banana, cactus shots were taken on the last Arizona Justice League of Photographers adventure along the road between Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat.

Something about the protrtuding nails intrigued me. I couldn't help wondering who drobve the nails into that saguaro. Why? When? Mysteries are good thing.

Here's a window shot taken in Tortilla Flat. All me to point out that it wasn't easy keeping that camera hogging giant banana out of these pictures.

SnYder CoMics
Watch for the newest SnYder CoMic this Sunday. Remember, I didn't want to set the bar to high with the first comic. I'm ready to get serious about the second panel. You people had better look out because I feel something big coming .
Wait, maybe it's gas...

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I'm one of those new year's resolution guys. I actually spent hours cranking out a list of resolutions for the new year. One of my resolutions involves drawing a weekly comic.

It may not be much, but at least I'm covered for week one.

Happy New Year!