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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

Native Americans who rocked the world

Self-taught guitarist Stevie Salas is a Mescalero Apache Indian who was attending high school in Oceanside when he first picked up guitar at age 15. Choosing a music career over joining the Coast Guard, he ...

August 6, 2020
If sci-fi glam really makes a comeback, UNI will rule them all

A perfectly adequate little lipstick-n-laser glam rock throwback, UNI, just stepped up their game with a potent new track and video for "Debris" that looks and sounds for all the world as if it beamed ...

August 1, 2020
Disneyland Haunted Mansion technique

Due August 19, singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau’s The Prairie will feature eight Brosseau originals and a cover of John Prine’s “They Oughta Name A Drink After You.” Guest players include Sheldon Gomberg, Robbie Robinson of Robinson ...

July 30, 2020
Puerto’s “Lineas” is worthy of active listening

“Lineas is the Spanish word for lines,” says Puerto singer-guitarist Zachary Polletta of the surf duo’s new single “Lineas.” “I envision corduroy lines of incoming swell. Or the line a surfer takes while riding a ...

July 30, 2020
San Diego lovers and families

When Your Love is Locked Up During the two days that the jury deliberated, the rest of the world seemed on freeze-frame, and I spoke with no one besides Dee's mom. We spent the time ...

July 25, 2020
Weird Living

Kendrick Dial - aka Keymon - made his local mark with the Lyrical Groove, who won Best Hip-Hop at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards and Best Hip-Hop Album at the 2014 SDMAs. He also ...

July 23, 2020
A select view of San Diego history

My Highschool Days With Lester Bangs When Lester Bangs moved to Detroit to join the staff of Creem magazine, we kept in touch with letters and phone calls that came less and less often. The ...

July 19, 2020
Alfred Howard collaborates with friends to stream new songs

“We’re documentarians, and this year seems important,” says bandleader and record label honcho Alfred Howard, who launched a new 2020-themed streaming site, Alfred Howard Writes With Friends. “A pandemic, a social justice movement, a heated ...

Now, more than ever - let's all go to the drive-ins!

They're the last soldiers standing in what used to be a packed battlefield of screens, in a city that used to host over two dozen outdoor theaters, spread out all the way from the border ...

July 15, 2020
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