Born and grown up in a small town near Catania in Italy, Salvatore divided his time between school and drawing.
Once finished his studies in Medicine at University of Catania, he moved to Brescia to follow a course of specialization in radiology, never forgetting his love for comics and storytelling.
In 2013 he begins his travel into comics with his own web crossing, “the Crossing” which self publish and distributes in the major Italian comic conventions.
In 2015 Salvatore begins to work with the italian publisher Sergio Bonelli Editore doing #6 and #10 of the new series “Martin Mystere, le nuove avventure a colori” (currently being published).
In 2016 he begins to collaborate with Zenescope entertainment drawing various covers, the penultimate story line of the flagship “Grimm fairy tales” (#123 and #124), doing some short stories for the last issue of Grimm fairy tales (#125) and for the special “GFT genesis: Heroes reborn” and drawing the miniseries “Cinderella Serial Killer princess”. Salvatore works totally in digital for the creation of his pages with a preliminary layout stage and a subsequent step (after the editor's approval) of digital inking without pencils. In this way he can work faster, leaving time for eventual corrections indicated by the editor.
Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born and raised near Catania, in Italy.
How about your schooling? Had you gone under any art training? I graduated in medicine and specialized in radiology. I attended many courses and workshops in visual art and comics but never did a REAL art school... I learned so much with people who work with art and comics, and trading informations with’em.
How long have you been working professionally in comics? I work professionally in comics since 2015.
What things — both in art and otherwise — have you worked on, besides comics? Are comics a full-time gig for you or part-time? I worked as a radiologist for 6 years. Initially comics were only a part time but in the last two years they became a more serious work.
Talk about how you broke into the business –was it easy? Hard? Ups? Downs ? Any interesting anecdotes? When you held your first published work in your hands, how did you feel? Break into the business is really hard. I think I really did not have it yet. But I think also that it is an achievement that rewards hard work and seriousness. And read your name on a published comic is and indescribable emotion.
How did you settle on the style(s) you’re currently using? If you have multiple styles how did you develop them? I believe I’ve reached the style that I got today, thanks to every influences that I got along my life, beginning from the great artists of the past s Jack Kirby or Alex Raymond to actual giants like John Romita jr or Mike Deodato jr.
How would you describe your work space? Is it part of your home, or do you go “to the studio”? For most of the time I work in a small study created inside my house with the television on the background. Sometimes I take my cintiq companion and go to draw in a bar or on the lawn in the spring, just to feel how life outside is.
What job are you the proudest of? The next one.
What are you currently drawing? Comments on that project? Cinderella serial killer princess. A totally crazy mini for Zenescope.
What projects do you hope to work on in the future? I hope to work for major publishers and writers sometimes in my life.
What is the interest in comics where you live? Do friends and neighbors know you draw comics for a living? How do they react? Many of my friends are comic readers and they are very curious about this work.
What’s one thing you’ll always find in your refrigerator? Red Bull.
What’s your favorite food? Pasta alla norma.
I like movies and TV series in general.
2016 E.v.i.l Heroes #1 an #2 (cover) 2016 Grimm fairy tales Apocalypse #2, #3, #4, #5 (cover) 2016 Robyn Hood I love NY #4, #8 (cover) 2016 Red Agent the human order #1, #2 (cover) 2016 Grimm Fairy Tales 123 (interiors) 2016 Grimm Fairy Tales 124 (interiors) 2016 Grimm Fairy Tales 125 (interiors) 2016 Grimm Fairy Tales genesis: heroes reborn (interiors) 2016 Cinderella serial Killer Princess 1 (interiors) 2017 Cinderella serial Killer Princess 1 (interiors) (*yet to be published) 2017 Martin Mystere le nuove avventure a colori #6 (*yet to be published) 2017 Martin Mystere le nuove avventure a colori #10 (*yet to be published)
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