What’s My Line?

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For those of you who do not relate to the title of this post, “What’s My Line?” was a a panel game show that originally ran in the United States on the CBS Television Network from 1950 to 1967, the goal of which was to guess from short clues the contestant’s line of work. The following “review” of two recently received books of linear cartoons was a good excuse to dredge up this childhood reference.

Other than that random thought, what links these two books, Hungarian artist Tibor Kárpáti‘s NYC America and Spanish artist Pablo Amargo‘s Cats Are Paradoxes together is their wit and linear virtuosity. The former plays with an etch-a-sketch aesthetic to create portraits of New York; the latter uses optical illusion to amplify the role of the cat in urban life. The rest is up to your own imagination.

Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.

From CATS ARE PARADOXESby Pablo Amargo

Pablo Amargo is an illustrator who lives in Northern Spain. There he creates books and posters, and is a frequent contributor to numerous editorial publications using a mix of Freehand and Photoshop.

Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.

From NYC AMERICAby Tibor Kárpáti

An illustrator based in Budapest, Tibor Kárpáti contributes to publications including The New Yorker, MIT Technology Review, and Golf Digest as well as working with children’s book publishers.

Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.
Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.
Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.
Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.
Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.
Pablo Amargo and Tibor Kárpáti's books have similar design styles.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →