Stanley Wany is a multidisciplinary artist whose main focus is writing and drawing graphic novels. His practice also includes experimentation in painting, pen and ink, as well as digital collage. He holds a Baccalaureate on arts and design (bande dessinée) from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. In 2016, his first graphic novel, Agalma, received nominations for the Doug Wright Award (Toronto Comics and Arts Festival) for best alternative comic, and for a Prix Expozine (Expozine, independent editors’ festival in Montreal). The same year, he was invited to join the Quebecois delegation at the Festival de bande dessinée de Colomiers, in France. Past trips include the Helsinki Comics Festival and the Festival de bande dessinée d’Angoulême, and in 2017 he participated an exhibition on journalism in graphic novels at Amadora BD: International Comics Festival in Portugal. He spent a month at the Arteles Creative Centre as an artist in residence in May 2018 and in the latter part the same year, he was awarded a creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for the production of his next graphic novel.
Stanley Wany’s graphic style is inspired by the works of renowned Italian comic book author Sergio Toppi, and artists Gustav Klimt and Gustave Doré. He combines figurative drawings with surrealist collages featuring imagery drawn from symbolist and mythological sources. Over the years, his extensive research in mythology and myths drew him to writings and lectures by Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. The ideas he found in these writers’ works are ingrained in his practice and are felt throughout the visual and narrative aspects of his graphic novels. Standalone works, such as illustration and experimentations also reveal the same sensitivities.
Stanley has lived in Montreal and Ottawa and now resides in Chelsea with his partner and two boys. For the past ten years, he has also worked as an independent comic book publisher with Trip Comix, which he co-founded.