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What if there was physical proof that the Super Mario Bros mythology existed a long time ago on a lost chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean?

Would you believe this fictional universe once existed if there was tangible evidence to prove it did?

In 'The Excavation of Mushroom Island,' archaeologist Logan Zawacki and his team uncover the greatest archaeological discovery of the century and document their entire experience. This book comes complete with a detailed chronology of the cultures that inhabited the islands between the Arcadic Period and the Early Snesolithic Period, as well as detailed maps of the landscape and site locations of each marvelous find. There are over 30 documented fossils to view within this 76-page softcover book. Each fossil comes complete with a map of their locations, scientific names, dimensions, and informative comments provided by the lead researcher, Logan Zawacki.

The 'Excavation of Mushroom Island' combines fact with fiction, pop culture with science, and technology with art to create the illusion of a "real" Super Mario World.

**Limited Edition** Hardcover 11 x 13" versions of this book are also available by contacting Logan Zawacki at []. Only 100 copies of this book will be printed, and each copy comes signed and numbered. Buy now while the numbers are still low!

***This book contains some information not suitable for young children.***

This book has been featured on such websites as...
A Little Bit On The Awesome Side (, Zoiks! Online (,,,,,, and many more!!!

The Excavation of Mushroom Island was also recently featured inside the November issue of LEVEL Magazine, an international video game magazine based out of Sweden.


About the Author

Logan Zawacki
lzcreations Jacksonville, FL, United States
Logan Zawacki was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography from the University of North Florida in 2003 and his MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2012. He currently teaches at the University of North Florida as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography. Logan is a founding member of the multi-disciplinary collaborative known as All-Yen and a founder/featured artist for GAAM (Games Art and Music). The majority of his artistic work combines elements of photography, illustration, and graphic design, and his most notable artistic projects include the self-published books: The Excavation of Mushroom Island, King Robotics - 200X Product Catalog, and Me, You, and MacLehose (via MagCloud).

Comments (17)


goom says


posted at 01:05pm Jun 22 PST


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posted at 01:05pm Jun 22 PST


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posted at 01:04pm Jun 22 PST


lzcreations says

From Mózsi Kiss (Sweden)

"I finally had time to read through your book and I have to say it's really fantastic. I especially like how you gave "explanations" for things featured in the games, such as how Mario could throw fireballs after touching the Fire Flower or fly after obtaining the Super Leaf...

The pictures are also great. I showed them to my girlfriend (who is new to gaming, but we recently played New Super Mario Bros Wii together) to see how many she could identify based on their skeletons, and it was quite a few of them, despite her limited exposure to the series!

Thank you for this nice book and keep up the good work!"

posted at 08:45am Jan 25 PST


dyingtolive says

The title of this book is really what captured my interest, but after looking at the sample pages I was blown away. I have never seen such imagination put into this kind of subject matter. Wait, what I am talking about, I've never seen anything like this at all! The details and research that went into creating this book must have been immense because Logan has spared nothing. This is a must have for any fan of the Mario franchise and hopefully we can see some more work like this in future. Nostalgic Nintendo will never be boring in the hands of Logan Zawacki.

posted at 05:33pm Jan 15 PST


Ekievet says

For anyone who grew up with the Super Mario Brothers, one might be quick to criticize a book exploring the history and origin of the characters. However, when it comes to Logan Zawacki's book, The Excavation of Mushroom Island, a true Mario fan won't be able to put it down. Extremely detailed, precise, and incredibly imaginative, Zawacki explores Mushroom Island for fossils, relics, or evidence to assess what life forms inhabited the area. Familiar characters are given scientific names and are dissected into in depth backstories that somehow seem to answer all our unanswered questions about where the Super Mario Brothers characters come from. I feel that the true art of the book is the original artwork created by Zawacki. Each "discovery" is accompanied by beautiful salt prints that really declare this book original. The immense amount of time and effort is completely reflected in the amazing works of art in the book. Whether you decide to view this book as a "history of Mario" or as an Original Art Book, I guarantee you will not be disappointed in The Excavation of Mushroom Island.

posted at 05:03pm Oct 22 PST


nuselman says

Every once in a while something comes along and sparks those wonderful memories that allow us to momentarily return to our youth. Excavation is a prime example of this for me. I own the book and have had the privilege of seeing Zawacki's prints in person. I must say that the beauty of his salt prints equal that of the detail and effort Logan has put into creating this book. Mario fans can relish in every detail from the names/story to the game-based maps as well as his clever images. The Excavation of Mushroom Island is another great piece of work from a truly creative mind. Now where did I put that old Nintendo?

posted at 10:55am Oct 05 PST


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