Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Snipe Daily Format September 27, 2011

This actually happened to me a long time ago. Question number one was either, "Will you shave off that beard?" or maybe "Will you get a haircut?" 

That was back in 1973 and I still don't know what was question number two.  I have worn short hair and have been beardless nearly my entire life.  Oh well... The "Snipe" is not usually autobiographical.

See ya soon!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Don't Tell Grandma September 22, 2011

Today is the second installment of Don't Tell Grandma: Cardboard Wars. Whaddya think?

This one is dedicated to Mom, who would have been 83 years old today.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Snipe Daily Format September 19, 2011

Welcome to BLC&S Today, the "Snipe". 
Did any of you break out your wallets and buy yet another version of Star Wars this week?

How many versions did I buy so far?

1. Saw all of them in the theater.
2. Bought the original trilogy on VHS
3. Bought the original trilogy on VHS WIDESCREEN
4. Bought the Special edition of the original trilogy in VHS with new scenes and Jabba on the first one
5. Bought all six movies on DVD
6. All six movies on Blu-ray

I should be ashamed of myself.

See ya soon as we continue "Cardboard Wars" in Don't Tell Grandma.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Don't Tell Grandma September 15, 2011


This one is dedicated to several of you who have let me know that you notice when my comics are gone for a while. It looks like I'll be able to post these a little more often for a while.  The weird part is that this web site still enjoys pretty good traffic even when the posting is scarce.

I actually have a number of "Snipe" comics that are complete and not posted.  I like the new character"Sweetie" and the non posted comics have an earlier version of Sweetie that is off model.  Maybe I can redo those gags using the duck or the rat in her place.

Grandad is going to his high school reunion pretty soon, so please visit this site and keep an eye out for that.

Much love to my cousins, my classmates, Becky, the kids and grandkids, and to most of my co-workers.

See ya soon!



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bob Lilly's Zappa Story

Almost all of my posts are comics. Sometimes a story. Today I am ready to tell you my Frank Zappa story. 

If you are a Frank Zappa fan, you may have looked at the websites that attempt to publish the schedule of dates and places where he and his band appeared.  Some of these lists have him playing in Charleston, South Carolina on May 4th, 1975.  He was actually in Charleston, West Virginia that Sunday.  I know. I was there.

It was about an hour before you would think anybody would arrive at the Charleston Civic Center but there was quite a crowd milling about in the front of the building near the ticket office.  Not yet forming a line.  My date and I walked around the building to a side entrance which had a garage door.  I assume this is where the equipment was usually carried inside.

Much to my surprise, a white limo drove around the building and out popped Frank Zappa.  He actually walked a couple of steps in our direction (I assume) because I had several cameras hanging around my neck and he possibly was willing to interact with the local press. But I was not a reporter. I was only a fan who was stalking him that day.  I said to him, "Welcome to Charleston, Frank. We're glad you're here. (speaking on behalf of many other people or using the "royal we". Take your pick).

He said, "OK, but it will have to be click click. I'm in kind of a hurry."

Since my date had a Poloroid camera, I turned and posed with Frank.  As you can see, my date didn't compose the picture as Frank and Bob.  It is more like Frank in the center with Bob trying desperately to be included in the shot.

As you can see, Frank is an average sized guy and I am a big guy.  I love it that he posed with a cup of coffee.  I was impressed that he was actually well tanned and healthy looking.  He went to great pains to present a freaky image on his album covers and posters.

I was also amazed at how black his facial hair realy was.  He was freshly shaved and yet his beard looked blue under his skin.  He was wearing a string of beads and had a little american flag on his lapel.


I thanked him and he walked inside.  About thirty seconds later, Captain Beefheart, George Duke, Bruce Fowler, and the rest of his band came walking around the building to where we were.  Apparently their limo driver let them out up front at the ticket office, right in the middle of the crowd. That must be why nobody else approached the door we were at when Frank Zappa arrived.

About four years before this, a nutcase attacked FZ in England during a concert and pushed him from the stage into an orchestra pit. He usually had a security guard with him for a time afterwards.  I am surprised he got out of the car outside of the building.

Around the same time as the Charleston concert, I believe FZ was involved in a huge lawsuit in England because they had cancelled his scheduled concerts, possibly at the Palladium.  He had several legal and financial challenges so that may well explain him performing in West Virginia.

Remember the cameras I had around my neck?  I was able to go inside early and crank off a few shots while Frank was setting up his guitar and adjusting the amps.


In the first shot, he is playing a quick guitar solo and the small group of us next to the stage are hooting and hollering and clapping our hands. It seemed to amuse Frank that we would react to what to him was mere practice and warm up.


I like this shot. The famous profile and if you look in the lower right, you will see his name painted on the side of some equipment.


He is making some adjustments on the amps.  If you look at the neck of the guitar, you will see that he parked his cigarette under a guitar string between the pegs.


You may have observed that I didn't have a camera flash.  Back in that era, I was always trying to find ways to get good photos using available light.  Using a flash would sometimes get you kicked out of a place.  I also developed these black and white prints myself, so don't blame Kodak. I probably used grainy as heck 400 speed film, which didn't need very much light.

The other camera around my neck had color slide film.  If I ever find the slides I may post them as well.

Please respect that all of these images are copyright 2011 by R. Lilly

See ya soon