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).

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SDSU rock-and-roll anthropologists dig deep into campus music history

Ella was a badass

“Jaime and I have become rather obsessed with the history of live music at SDSU,” says Seth Mallios, professor of anthropology at San Diego State and co-author of Let It Rock!, a five-volume book series ...

Kitty Plague was getting back to rocking, then Miss Kitty got preggers

Wookie Plague

“When we first started recording this album over 18 months ago with Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Studio, Stephen Case was on drums and John Falk was on bass,” says sole Kitty Plague survivor Mark Haemmerle ...

October album drops

Record-release roundup

New releases this week include a full-length from Brian Ellis called In the Dark, as well as a fifth studio album from Wavves, titled V, and Lurid Memory’s Dematerializing EP, which premieres October 2 at ...

Astra's ex and a drunken text

Breaking up is hard to do...unless you get a song out of it

“Over the past two and a half years,” says Astra Kelly, “in the midst of a serious musical reinvention and a shifting of life focus, I have started — and not completed — three new ...

San Diego musicians busy writing books

All words, no music

Area musicians who’ve moonlighted as authors over the past year include Ben Johnson, Alfred Howard, JD Boucharde, Wayne Riker, and former Bauhaus bassist David J. Add to that list of literary locals Kevin Lydy (Vinyl ...

Drummer comes to town and gets Slightly Stoopid

Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, talks 20 years of Stoopid and submits his favorites list

Reggae-rockers Slightly Stoopid had already been around a few years before hiring drummer Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, who moved to town from Northern California in 1994. “I came to San Diego to study music at ...

Record-release roundup

The Reader's all-local monthly record-release report

Authentic Sellout, fronted by Iacon Sound Studios honcho Sulo King, will play a record-release party at the Casbah on Friday, August 28, for a bill headlined by Sprung Monkey and supported by Processor. Chickenbone Slim’s ...

Cardiac Kid Jim Ryan remembers when...

San Diego punk-rock staple submits his list

When it comes to pioneers of the local punk scene, only a few still manage to engage, some 30-plus years later. For my money, the city’s most evergreen purveyors have been the Injections, the Zeros, ...

Mr. Patrone's napkin diaries

San Diego supper-club crooner jots poems at the bar between sets

“Basically, it’s a collection of my poems from barstools and other musings that I’m going to do in a small run on actual cocktail napkins,” says supper-club crooner David Patrone of his Napkin Diaries project, ...

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