As a shop which always puts books face out, we feel strongly about the cover design.
This is the first in a new series of 50 Watts zines about books and illustration.
"I think the 60s and 70s were probably one the most creatively interesting periods for everyone. Art, music, film all pushing the envelope. New York City was affordable and fun, fertile in its influences. Book cover art, book jacket art was fun concept art, a bit more free than other illustration work."--Manny Schongut
Emanuel Schongut studied art under Richard Lindner at Pratt Institute, graduating in 1960 with an MFA. He worked in watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink, and was represented by Push Pin Studios in the 1970s. In addition to his book cover designs, he worked in editorial and advertising illustration and illustrated over twenty children’s books. His archive is now held by the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Manny and I worked on this zine in the fall of 2022, before he passed away in December. His covers are reproduced here with the blessing of Rick Sacks, Manny’s nephew.
Dedicated to the memory of Emanuel (Manny) Schongut (1936-2022).