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

Taz Taylor will drive trucks for rock

"I couldn’t imagine having a job where I’d have to be around other people constantly."

"I have dual British and USA citizenship,” says guitarist Taz Taylor, who grew up in England before moving to San Diego in 1997. Since settling in Imperial Beach, he’s released a series of guitar-centered albums, ...

Was Big Boy Groves another rap daddy?

Graveyard encounter unburies info on '50s-'60s songwriter

“Its rhyme and lyrical style has made collectors call it one of the first rap songs,” says archivist Andy Rasmussen of the song titled “Bucket O’ Blood.” Rasmussen will soon reissue the 1962 track recorded ...

San Diego concert announcements

Including Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar, Delicate Steve, and Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys

Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar will perform as a duo at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall on September 9, a benefit concert in support of NAMM’s Museum of Making Music. Lee probably needs little or ...

The Local band not yet big in Ethiopia

"I see it as a chance to concentrate on songwriting."

“Scott is presently on some sort of trek with hippos and crocodiles in southern Ethiopia,” says Amy Day, whose band the Local suddenly finds itself minus cofounding singer-guitarist Scott Walsh just as their debut album ...

Tickets just went on sale

Todd Rundgren, Post Malone, Trevor Sensor, and Facial

Locals were disappointed to hear the August 28 Yestival at the Balboa Theatre — despite most dates featuring Todd Rundgren alongside Yes and Carl Palmer — would not include Rundgren. We don’t know why the ...

Pony Death Ride Realty Co.

“Initially, we didn’t want people to know we were in a band."

“We were surprised how being an agent is so similar to being in a band,” says Joe MacAskill. “Lots of marketing, having a website, maintaining connections, networking.” Along with his wife Jaye, MacAskill brokers real ...

New shows in San Diego

Babe Rainbow, Thievery Corporation, Cold Specks, and Tera Melos

What do you get when you mix Foghat, Ziggy Marley, and a Mariachi band? What sounds like a sure way to get your DJ beat up is just another day on the bandstand for Tempe, ...

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 ...

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