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

Behind the fire at Mission Hills' ultimate Halloween house

Letters from Persephone

Over the course of 25 years of handwritten correspondence with my pen pal Persephone, none had ever been returned. Imagine my confusion when my last letter reappeared a couple of weeks later, unopened and defaced ...

Upcoming shows: Kacy Hill, Tal Wilkenfeld, Fates Warning...

...and Dave Koz, Jeffery Osborne, St. Vincent

Up until around ten years ago, the way one usually became a pop star was to get a record contract, appear on a TV show, or be a moonlighting movie star, and that was pretty ...

Hank Sax's ode to a crusty Devil Dog

"Most of the veterans remembered the battle as if it were yesterday."

“My new digital single ‘Have One More for Chesty’ is dedicated to Chesty Puller, the most highly decorated Marine in history,” says singer-songwriter Hank Sax of his upcoming release. “Modern-day Marines use the phrase ‘Have ...

Falling Doves hold formation after Mexico quake

“We can’t just sit at home on our ass and play it safe."

“Our show at Mexico City’s Imperial House will either be postponed or we may turn it into a benefit,” says Christopher Leyva of Falling Doves, who was about to launch a world tour that included ...

Hot tickets: Caifanes, Sports, and the L.A.M.F. tribute show

Plus Randy Rogers Band and Enter Shikari now on sale

It’s been a few years since Caifanes headlined in San Diego, which is strange since this would seem a tailor-made audience for their prog-leaning, British-inspired, Latin-branded rock en español. They first emerged in the late ...

New shows for your consideration

Psychostick, Judah & the Lion, Willie Watson, and the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience among them

What do you get when you cross Green Jelly, Kid Rock, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse? Probably something very much like Psychostick, whose four albums and two EPs are very much in the tradition of comedic ...

Endless Mittens

Pop-rock through a ’50s-’90s filter

“I consider Mittens to be pop rock,” says guitarist Paul Ryu. “When we started, we were mostly indie pop, but then we absorbed a lot of other styles, too. We tend to process a lot ...

Get your tickets to Chase Atlantic, Gin Blossoms, and Jewel

Plus Muriel Anderson and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Australian trio Chase Atlantic would at first seem to be just another dark alt-pop band slung against an increasingly worn-out and shrinking wall by the frequently clueless dinosaurs at Warner Brothers, in the hope that ...

October record releases (lil early)

Starts heavy, ends heavy, with some jazz in between

On October 4 at the Casbah, the Archons will debut Lord of Light and Thunder, described by the band as “A space rock opera, a thematic album that focuses on the classic concept of Good ...

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