Want to find out more about Argle Bargle Books, its editor and authors? Check out this conversation with Stanley Wany, Jonathan McBurnie and Christopher Sperandio:
Jonathan McBurnie is an artist, writer and cartoonist presently based in Townsville, Australia.
McBurnie began self-publishing comic books at the age ten, and his life has been a series of constant projects ever since. Completing a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 2015, McBurnie’s thesis and accompanying studio works explored the shifting role of drawing in the digital age, emphasizing the discipline’s ongoing tenacity through tactility, adaptability and eroticism. These works are an argument between established high and low art forms, and question popular culture’s impact upon society, particularly in terms of shaping identity, and the ways such iconographies are used as fodder for artistic vision, as well as a means of self-expression. McBurnie approaches his work as a collision of high and low forms, and seeks the narrative propulsion and dense visual language that lies in the tension between these forms.
McBurnie is presently Director of the Rockhampton Museum of Art. Previously the Creative Director of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery, he also writes on occasion, having been published in Eyeline, Catalogue, The Lifted Brow, Huxley, Penthouse Australia, the Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture and Sneaky, where he was the Visual Arts Editor.
Sperandio is an Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting at Rice University in Houston TX, where he founded the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop.
In addition to putting himself through graduate school working as a truck driver, Christopher Sperandio, half of the artist team of Grennan & Sperandio, has produced 22 comics books as artworks for museums in the US and Europe. Bridging the High/Low divide, these works include Modern Masters, a cross-over comic for the Museum of Modern Art and published by DC Comics. Other works include Life in Prison
and the Invisible City, published by Fantagraphics Books. He has been written about extensively in newspaper and magazines, as well as in books on the subject of art.
He has produced new collaborative and artworks in conjunction with museums and art centers in the US, Germany, Northern Ireland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, and France. Commissioning institutions include MoMA/PS1, the Public Art Fund, Creative Time, London’s Institute of contemporary Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Two of the landmark art exhibitions that he participated in are listed among the fifty most influential exhibitions of contemporary art in the book, SHOWTIME. Sperandio was also the Creator and Executive Producer of ARTSTAR, an internationally syndicated documentary television series about emerging contemporary artists filmed in New York, Chicago and Miami.
Stanley Wany is a multidisciplinary artist whose main focus is writing and drawing graphic novels.
Stanley Wany is an Afro-Canadian artist based in Montreal and Canada’s national capital region . His practice includes graphic novels, pen and ink drawings, and paintings. He has recently exhibited works in Australia, at the Perc Tucker Gallery in Townsville, Queensland, as well as part of the exhibition Mix the Medias organized by SÕL-CON, The Ohio State University’s Black, Brown, and Indigenous Comics Expo. Wany’s works have also been shown in Canada, the United States, France, Portugal, and Finland, and are found in private and public collections in Canada, the United States, and Australia.
Agalma, his first graphic novel, was nominated for a Doug Wright Award, highlighting the best experimental comics at the Toronto Comics and Arts Festival in 2016. As an author, Wany has participated as a guest and panelist in festivals in Canada, France, Finland, Portugal and the United States. His latest graphic novel. Helem, was published Fall 2021 by Conundrum Press.
Since obtaining a bachelor’s degree in arts, design, and bande dessinée from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Wany has founded two independent publication companies, Trip Comix, and recently Argle Bargle Books. The basis of his practice in comics and visual arts explores mainstream culture, the subconscious, and myths, specifically as these relate the experience of people of African descent in Western society. He is currently pursuing a MFA at the Université du Québec à Montreal.