15.07.2021

Storyboard Sounds

w/ Vlad Sandu
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Skinner Sweet is the creation of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque as the central character of the American Vampire series for Vertigo. Stephen King liked Snyder's outline for the series so much that he offered to write Sweet's origin story. 

It was wildly speculated that the character was based on Kid Rock yet Snyder denied this multiple times saying that if Sweet were based on any rock star, it would be Kurt Cobain. 

Skinner is not your typical vampire. He is first and foremost a sociopathic outlaw who became the first American vampire. In 1880, Skinner Sweet was a notorious thief and murderer who earned his nickname for his sadism and his love of candy. 

His gravestone read "Skinner Sweet. 1850 - 1880 Outlaw Killer, Defiler of Women, Born in Kansas, Burns in Hell". That is who he was! Sweet and simple! 

So why choose Skinner Sweet as the second comic book character? 

He embodies an American identity defined by the myth of the west and the American Dream. He is an outlaw both in the eyes of the law as well as in the eyes of the older European clans. 

Skinner embodies the spirit of revolution. He is against tradition. 

He doesn't give a shit about the rules, and this makes him a very intriguing character. 

Skinner Sweet is selfish, he is pure evil. 

Evil without reason. From a time distinguished for its cruelty yet romanticized by westerns. 

His story spans various iconic moments of American cultural history: Hollywood in the 1920s, Las Vegas in the 1930s, the Second World War, the 50's and the Rock and Roll revolution and more recently, the 1970s. 

His story is just as much about him, as much as it is about getting a more profound perspective regarding significant moments in American cultural history.

His number one priority is his own wellbeing, or as King says: "Here's what vampires shouldn't be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Mary’s and only work at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes. What should they be? Killers, honey. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A."
Ram Jam - Black Betty
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dark Necessities
Audioslave - I am the highway
Ramones - Poison Heart
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Metallica - Whiskey in the jar
Chris Rodrigues & The Spoon Lady - Angels in Heaven
Brother Dege - Too Old to Die Young
Yelawolf - Daylight
Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
Miles Davis - So What
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