This month we’re featuring Joshua Pantalleresco and his trilogy-in-progress, The Watcher. Starting with The Watcher and followed so far by Stormdancer, Joshua Pantalleresco is currently working on the third and final installment which is as yet unnamed, though I have every reason to believe it will be epic, just like the first two parts.
As our Feature for July, both The Watcher and Stormdancer are ON SALE all month long. Which means, the ebook versions of this part graphic novel, part poetry, part chapter book, series are available for only $0.99 each all month long! Simply visit our store and use the promo code: DRAGON
Before I tell you a little bit more about The Watcher and its sequel, Stormdancer, I’d like to tell you a little bit about how they became Mirror World books. Long before Mirror World opened, I started my career in publishing by self publishing my own books, namely Neo Central and the Crimson Winter series. Joshua Pantalleresco stumbled across my books in a little bookshop in Windsor and took them back home with him to Calgary. Having read Crimson Winter: Ruins of Sapphire, he contacted me to let me know he loved the book and that he wanted to interview me for his blog.
If you don’t know already, Joshua Pantalleresco has made a name for himself blogging, interviewing and hosting his podcast, Just Joshing, which you can check out here.
Now that interview did eventually happen, but more importantly perhaps, Joshua and I met through our work and when Joshua was ready to self-publish his epic poem, The Watcher, he asked me if I wanted to read it. I did so, and I loved it, and it just so happens that I was getting ready to launch Mirror’s Hope with my brand new publishing company… and the rest is history.
The Watcher is poetry, but it is so much more than that. It is an epic in the true sense of the word. Chapters, told through simple poems, are interspersed with full-page graphic art by the talented Florence Chan. The story follows a slave boy known only as the Watcher who has lived his whole life held captive by dragons. Escaping, he sets out to explore a post-apocalyptic landscape believing deep down that there must be more to life than he has known.
In Stormdancer, the Watcher is kidnapped by a dragon, leaving his friends to follow his trail and find out what has become of him. Through the Watcher’s example and their own experiences within the post-apocalyptic wilds and the remnants of the ancients, they must find within themselves the strength and courage to face the storm.
Joshua Pantalleresco writes fiction, poetry and comics. He also loves to do interviews. He has written columns for comicbloc and allpulp and currently does so for comicmix. The Watcher is his second book of poetry. He resides in Calgary. He has a blog you can follow here.
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