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Welcome to Marwencol

Welcome to Marwencol

Princeton Architectural Press

By Mark E. Hogancamp, By Chris Shellen


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Welcome to Marwencol tells the story of Mark Hogancamp. Mark is the subject of the movie, Welcome to Marwen (December 2018) starring Steve Carrell.

Welcome to Marwencol is a hybrid art and storybook about Mark Hogancamp and his imaginary World War II-era town of Marwencol.
• Learn about Hogancamp's life before and after the attack which left him with no memory of the thirty-eight prior years of his life, including his ex-wife, family, artistic talents, or military service
• This astonishing story of the redemptive power of art shows Hogancamp's process with behind-the-scenes photos, capsule biographies of each Marwencol character, descriptions of each miniature building, and Mark's insight into constructing and photographing his world
• Includes 100 pages of Hogancamp's photographs and stories laid out as a graphic novel

"Fight scenes, dramatic rescues and love triangles are painstakingly arranged to play out before Mr. Hogancamp's camera. The resulting images are startlingly lifelike, poignant and, for him, therapeutic."—The New York Times

More Details

Size: 7.2 x 1 x 9.8 in;
Pages: 278 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: November 2015
ISBN: 9781616894153
Mark Hogancamp and Marwencol have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Denver Post, Oakland Tribune, Austin Chronicle, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers, making this a truly national story about the restorative effects of art.

Media Reviews

★ "This book, which interleaves striking reproductions of Hogancamp's art with his tragic story and the richly imagined narrative of his fictional town, is fascinating on many levels. While his history is compelling (the beating was prompted by his revelation of cross-dressing), his work is also art in its own right: painstakingly created (the models are rigorously aged for authenticity) and carefully composed pictures that, at a glance, might be mistaken for actual WWII scenes... Truly remarkable."
Booklist, starred review

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