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

Get tickets to Vicky Chow, Coast Modern, and the Kickback

Coming soon to San Diego

Chicago indie rock quartet the Kickback is touring in support of their sophomore full-length Weddings & Funerals, released last month and produced by Dennis Herring (Ben Folds, Mutemath, Elvis Costello). Coming two years after their ...

Record Roundup

Be ready for Cavity Search and other easy-listeners

Piano-based alt-rockers Imagery Machine debuts their second EP Skydriver on July 27, at Soda Bar. “The set will include songs from both EPs, some Led Zeppelin and Prince covers, and extra special face paint and ...

Get your tickets to Regina Spektor, Echosmith, Tori Amos...

San Diego tour stops

Thornton Winery has been promising for weeks to add two more marquee headliners to its already packed schedule of jazz concerts, with the first now revealed to be returning sax symbol Boney James on September ...

Notes and quotes of Jeffrey Joe Morin

“In 1969, I killed three Viet Cong fellows in a face-to-face firefight."

Blues singer/guitarist Jeffrey Joe Morin passed away on July 17. “My checkered past includes skippering a tugboat on the San Francisco Bay and sinking boats as a brown-water river sailor with the Vietnamese Navy,” Morin ...

Welcome, Comic-Con men and women, girls and boys

There will be beer and live riffing

The convention center isn’t the only place to find Comic-Con themed events over the next few days. Local publisher IDW (Kiss comics, Jem & the Holograms) presents “Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet” at the ...

Brothers Gow road stories

“In Tucson, I was robbed at gunpoint...."

“We’ve already played 65 shows this year from coast to coast,” says Matt Collier of O.B. rockers Brothers Gow. Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, the band relocated to San Diego in 2012 and built up a ...

Barefoot Hockey Goalie injects the humor

"Playing the same old ‘my baby left me’ blues gets so boring."

“The band is stretched out, due to life, work, and families, so we don’t get to gig much anymore,” says Barefoot Hockey Goalie bassist Matthew Pray. “I currently reside in Chino and run a martial ...

Must-see concerts

Peking Duk, Flesh Eaters, CRSSD Festival, more

It’s taken a long time for Australia to develop a homegrown electronic music act that can hold its own on the world stage like Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, aka Peking Duk. After their first ...

Hear ye! Hear ye! New San Diego concerts

Together Pangea, Boris, Shakira, lots more

“This show may have set a record for me in terms of fewest days between booking and show date,” says AMSDconcerts honcho Carey Driscoll of the John Jorgenson Quintet event happening July 29 at host ...

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