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

They said they’d only reunite “When Hell freezes over.”

Catch shows by the Eagles, Psychedelic Furs, Kyle Craft, Pale Waves, and Lido Pimienta this year

For most locals who spent time in our cars listening to the radio in the ’80s, one could almost guarantee that any skip across the dial would find the Psychedelic Furs oozing out the back ...

It's good to be King Taylor Project

"We all have a big part in writing new music for the band.”

“The band started as something Josh and I joked about when we got engaged, that we were starting a ‘King Taylor project’ together,” says singer Sandi King of her collaboration with singer/guitarist Joshua Taylor. The ...

Local record releases in January

From traditional blues to songs "about things that keep me up at night"

Brazilian imports by the Salton Sea

"I got stuck inside the Taco Tuesday lifestyle.”

“We’re three foreigners playing punk-rock music in America,” says Fernando Nepo of O.B. trio Sameland, who all grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. “Back in 2010, I had just finished college and I wanted to ...

Get tickets: Louie Fontaine, Jack Tempchin, K. Michelle

And Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves

Imagine if O.B. karaoke host Jose Sinatra was from Denmark and fronted a Nordic version of Tom Petty’s Heartbeakers and that’s pretty much Louie Fontaine and the Starlight Searchers. Danish-born and now a son of ...

Be first in line for Glaare, Stone Foxes, and Antibalas

Or how about Yacht Rock Revue and the Mammals?

One of the strangest things you can do with music, among the most feel-good notions ever concocted by humankind, is to make it depressing. Even the blues manages to celebrate rising above, or at least ...

2018 concerts: Money Chicha, Charlie Puth, Dave Alvin, Flogging Molly

Shows coming to San Diego in the new year

Imagine that ’60s acid rockers Strawberry Alarm Clock were actually a South American cumbia band based in the epicenter of weird, Austin, Texas, and you either just imbibed a mind-expanding drug or you’re listening to ...

Check out the Wallows, Pheobe Bridgers, Brett Dennen, and Yanni

New shows coming to San Diego

The first time I heard “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” by L.A.’s Wallows, I had to check the readout twice to make sure a new Strokes track didn’t slip into the playlist. I was impressed enough ...

Violinistic rock

Alex DePue spilled out of the airplane with a suitcase and a fiddle

“I moved to San Diego from Philadelphia, and nothing really changed for me besides the weather,” says classically trained violinist Alex DePue. “I spilled out of the airplane with a suitcase and a fiddle and ...

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