Jay Allen Sanford

Jay Allen Sanford

Jay Allen Sanford co-created the comic book line Rock 'N' Roll Comics for Revolutionary Comics, publishers of the Beatles Experience 8-issue series (among the titles reprinted in graphic novel form by Bluewater Productions, beginning in 2010), and his publishing company Re-Visionary Press is known for its line of Carnal Comics — True Stories of Adult Film Stars; the titles were among the top-selling independent comic books of the '90s. He also created the comic strip "Rock Tales," which began in Rip Magazine before beginning a 15-plus year run in Spin magazine. Since selling off his publishing interests in 2000, he likes to scribble and type stuff every day, and rumor has it that people actually pay him to do this, including MTV/VH1, for whom he writes TV shows and specials like Pop Up Video, 100 Most Metal Moments, etc.

For the San Diego Reader, he writes cover stories and musician interviews, as well as contributing each week to the Blurt music column for over 17 years. He draws two comic strips created specifically for the Reader: Overheard in San Diego (debuted 1996 and collected in book form in 2013) and Famous Former Neighbors (since 2004).

Articles by Jay Allen Sanford

To know A Veil is to know Chad Ackerman

"You can call it goth or dark, but I’m a musician that loves horror.”

“A Veil just released our next single, ‘Calyptra,’” reports frontman Chad Ackerman (Destroy the Runner, As I Lay Dying, Chapter 14) of the band’s first new music in around a year. “The song is about ...

New shows announced

PotterCon, Beach Fossils, Deslondes, and the blues in Julian

At least a dozen variations of Jefferson Starship have toured through the years, but the version hitting the Belly Up on May 25 was revised yet again after the January 2016 death of cofounder Paul ...

And then the singer went crazy...

Chuck Duerr's alleged killer committed suicide

“It’s a power-pop ballad based on the true and tragic story of the murder of San Diego musician Chuck Duerr, a friend and coworker of mine,” says Scott Samuels of his single “Not Far Enough.” ...

Tickets just went on sale...

Mount Kimbie, Hellyeah, and Colin Hay lead the pack

Tix just went on sale to see Woods on May 19 at the Casbah, where the Brooklyn folkies will be plugging their new full-length Love Is Love, 32 minutes of jazz-flavored psychedelic rock recorded between ...

Leaders in the Clubhouse include the anti–San Diego stuff

Snubbed by the San Diego Music Awards — but so what?

“Our sound is like the stupid man’s Randy Newman,” says drummer Spud Davenport (Messy Necessities, Shamey Jays), one half of comedic power-pop-rockers Leaders in the Clubhouse. “Or what if Warren Zevon joined Weezer,” offers pianist ...

A new column for new music in San Diego

Parachute pants, Hispanic classic, and Portland sludge

Relive the age of parachute pants and brick-phones on May 9 when Fuel and Marcy Playground provide your funky ’90s flashback at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Fuel’s sole founding member Brett Scallions promises ...

April showers of San Diego record releases

...the latest from local artists

New Orleans-style jazz outfit Euphoria Brass Band will debut their new CD at Panama 66 in Balboa Park on Friday, March 31. Santee reggae band Strictly Skunk has a CD release planned for April 1 ...

Jovi's choice

Bon Jovi chooses San Diego band Daring Greatly to open his Vegas show

“We had to arrive at the arena at 1 p.m. and we were playing at 8 p.m.,” says guitarist Dail Croome of Daring Greatly, who won a contest to open for Bon Jovi at Las ...

Los Santos has that '70s feel

“They say I have an uncanny resemblance to Ron Jeremy. But only from the waist up.”

"Our band members have a varied range of influences, from punk to metal to classic ’70s hard rock,” says drummer Brock Scott of power trio Los Santos. “I like to classify our music as straight-up ...

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