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The Interdisciplinary Seminar: Mike Essl

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7 - 8:30pm

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Mike Essl. August, 2016. Photo by Leo Sorel/The Cooper Union

Mike Essl. August, 2016. Photo by Leo Sorel/The Cooper Union


How much action, how much drama do you crave? Be on hand when Mike Essl speaks! Hear harrowing tales of Hollywood tyrants! Witness waylaid designs! See terrible typographic transformations! Behold his epic battle with the Editor of Doom! Free and open to the public.

For over a decade Mike Essl has put the books in comic books for publishers like Abrams ComicArts, Chronicle Books, DC Comics, and Rizzoli. He is an Associate Professor at The Cooper Union where he leads the Graphic Design program. His work has been featured by the AIGA, ComicCon, the Cooper-Hewitt, and MoMA. Mike has appeared on the A&E Biography of Mr. T, Design Matters with Debbie Millman, The Howard Stern Show, and VH1’s Totally Obsessed.

The Intradisciplinary Seminar, sponsored by the The Cooper Union School of Art, presents a series of free, public lectures reflecting a broad range of contemporary art issues. Speakers include artists, writers, and thinkers currently engaged in a variety of practices. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches, presenting new voices, international perspectives and scholarship across multiple fields. The series constitutes a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, students, faculty and the public.

The Fall 2016 Intradisciplinary Seminar is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.


Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.