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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 20 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). His column Just Announced, previewing upcoming local concerts, debuted in early 2017.

Articles by Jay Allen Sanford

“Loose commentary on Silicon Valley garbage like The Metaverse”

“There’s a lot of analog warmth to this album, which will only be emphasized all the more on vinyl,” says occasional Bauhaus bassist David J of the vinyl release of A Free Society, from his ...

August 4, 2022
The Monroes reunion is for real this time

“Could you be the one I’m thinking of? Could you be the girl I really love? All the people tell me so, But what do all the people know!” -- The Monroes, “What Do All ...

August 4, 2022
RIP Castanets innovator Raymond Raposa

The singer-songwriter behind psychedelic folk-blues band the Castanets has passed away. “It is with great sorrow that the family of Raymond Raposa announce his passing today,” reads an online announcement from record label Asthmatic Kitty. ...

July 31, 2022
Cult author Philip K. Dick was only apparently real

Wally World & King Neptune is a comedic rock band from Encinitas featuring singer-guitarist Wally Passet (Snakebyte, King Neptune), alongside Ben Petrella (Echelons, the Drive-Ins, King Neptune) and Loren Kofsky (Infidelz). “Just finished up a ...

July 28, 2022
Wait, is Carol Burnett playing Kim Wexler's MOM?!

Okay, let's get the spoiler alert out of the way up front - if you're a Better Call Saul fan and you haven't seen July 25th's episode "Nippy," I suggest you go track down some ...

July 27, 2022
In defense of San Diego Comic-Con co-founder Shel Dorf

The recent book See You At San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture sets the record straight regarding how pop culture's geekiest get-together became the BFD it is ...

A Stray Catalyst cheer for Cheerios

Saki, aka A Stray Catalyst, integrates songs with poetry, choreography, videography, and mixed media. The project began in 2019 as a collection of poetry set to music, featuring unusual instrumentation and clever lyrics, though Saki ...

Ganging up on the Padres

DJ Bassassin graduated from the Musicians Institute with a focus on Music Production and Music Business. The resident DJ for Moxy San Diego has a new single, “Padre Gang,” inspired by DJ Mustard’s beats and ...

July 21, 2022
“Bring on the Ferraris and the swimming pools!”

Alex Garcia and Sal Samano began cutting bedroom demos together in 2019. Their debut self-titled Thee Sacred Souls album drops August 26 via Daptone Records, previewed so far with singles for “Will I See You ...

July 14, 2022
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