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NYCC 2010: Pichelli on Ultimate Spider-Man

Artist Sara Pichelli joins the creative team for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man

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By Chris Arrant

Only four artists have illustrated the series currently called ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN over the course of its decade-long. This fall, a new name joins this exclusive club as Sara Pichelli enters into a rotating line-up with David Lafuente, collaborating alongside writer Brian Michael Bendis.

A rising star in the world of comics, Pichelli has illustrated several Marvel series including RUNAWAYS, X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK and NAMORA. The Italian artists came to Marvel Talent Coordinator C.B. Cebulski from a cold submission entered into his Chesterquest talent competition.

"After the NAMORA one-shot with [writer] Jeff Parker, C.B. Cebulski wrote me an e-mail asking me if I was ready to do some art of ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN," recalls Pichelli. "Honestly, when I got it in my e-mail box I felt like the coolest quarterback of the high school just asked me out!"

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #15 preview art by Sara Pichelli
Pichelli's ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN  debut comes with October 27's issue #15. After that, she joins Lafuente to celebrate the title's renumbering to #150, and then onto her first multi-issue story-arc with #151. Taking on the challenge of illustrating Spider-Man causes a little bit of anxiety for the artist-and inspiration.

"I'm frightened by the Spider-Man costume," she admits. "All those lines perfectly following the anatomy of the body! Every time that people ask me to draw Spider-Man at conventions I've immediately gotten sweaty hands; only when I saw for the first time Stuart Immonen's art on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN did I start doodling Spider-man for myself. The way [Stuart] made Spider-Man's body move deeply inspired me."

Although the design of Peter Parker's Spider-Man costume stays true to the long history going back to the timeless Steve Ditko design of the 1960's, the Ultimate line of comics gives artists the unique opportunity to re-interpret classic characters in a modern light. Each of the previous series' artists had the chance to re-invent characters such as the Green Goblin, Black Cat and others.

"In issue #151 I will finally have the chance to do a redesign and I cannot wait to start it," reveals Pichelli.

Pichelli's excited for the unique challenges of the series, as well as who she's working with.

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #15 preview art by Sara Pichelli
"I've never had the chance to talk [to Brian] personally, but we spoke via e-mail," she says. "I'm really looking forward to have the chance to meet him in person in the future." And in regards to artist Lafuente, whom she'll be switching arcs with, she's thumbs up.

"It's an honor for me; I really appreciate David's work!

"Last year while I was at New York Comic Con I took a ton of pictures. But unfortunately all ground level. Maybe next time I should do parkour on the rooftops and take more useful pictures!"

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