Mike Essl is a graphic designer, educator, and Mr. T memorabilia collector. With over twenty years in the field, Essl’s bold approach has earned him equal acclaim for his elevation of comic books with DC Comics and Rizzoli as for websites with Wikipedia and San Francisco Opera. At The Chopping Block (co-founded 1996) and on his own, Essl led projects that were featured by the AIGA, ComicCon, the Cooper Hewitt, and MoMA. Essl’s illustrations have been included in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Yale University Art Gallery, and his outspoken commentary has been featured on Design Matters with Debbie Millman, The Howard Stern Show, and VH1’s Totally Obsessed. Essl is presently the Dean of the Cooper Union School of Art, where he has been an Associate Professor of graphic design since 2002.