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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

“I Come From the Andromeda Galaxy”

“Last week, I released a song called ‘America’ about the recent and not so recent systemic racism in this country,” says man-of-a-hundred-bands Alfred Howard of his new collaboration with local singer Rebecca Jade, who on ...

July 9, 2020
San Diego's punk music, goodbye to Lennon

Soundtrack: Notes gave pathos to clouds My father bought my first piano from the Briscoes in Sumter, South Carolina. We knew the Briscoes from church and because Brother Briscoe, as we called him, was in ...

July 5, 2020
Dead Cross cover Black Flag’s “Rise Above” in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

“I started playing the saxophone when I was 11 years of age because I thought it might get me girls, and I ended up really loving it,” says Jonny Tarr. Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Tarr ...

July 2, 2020
Matthew Stewart’s protest song earns heavy spins online

Matthew Stewart blends electronics, synths, piano, and rock guitar to create a lush, futuristic sound on albums such as his A World Bathed in Sunlight full-length, a science fiction epic about the destruction of the ...

July 2, 2020
Tough times pick-me-up

Laura Jane Willcock (Tell Mama, the Tighten Ups) and her paramour Thomas Yearsley (the Paladins) founded blues-rockers ThunderLux in 2013, soon joined by Leo Dombecki (Jazmin, Ike Turner) and Emily O’Bannon-Robles (the Tighten Ups, Runhoney). ...

June 25, 2020
Livestreaming at Seaport Village

The ongoing Seaport Sessions pop-up music and arts festival has been livestreaming the Seaport Village performances online, presented by the Casbah, Vinyl Junkies, and 91X FM. The January 18 edition will feature Mrs. Magician/First Wave ...

June 18, 2020
Zach Phillips is back with The Wine of Youth

“I recorded The Wine of Youth mostly in secret during the summer and early fall of 2019 at producer Gregg Montante’s San Diego home studio, after a 13-year hiatus from performing and recording” says Zach ...

Rules for a cuddle party

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Lyla Jett says she moved to San Diego in 2017 to expand her musical opportunities. She’s gone on to perform at local venues such as the Music Box, Sea World’s Seven ...

June 11, 2020
A queercore cacophony

Founded in 2017 and calling themselves homo riot hardcore punks, the Gay Agenda features David Hurtt (Stalins of Sound), Luis Soraire (who played bass with Temblad before switching to drums), Matt Penning, and Garrett Ficacci. ...

June 4, 2020
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