1. Link in Bio

    “Trend forecasting is like fortune telling. Predictions, assumptions, speculations … deep truth” claims the witch in my mobile-optimized comic drama. She wants to subvert the system, she says. The freelancers who work for Witchcraft Trend Forecast on a project basis doubt the witch’s intentions. Her critical posture might merely be a strategy to increase her agency’s edginess.

    Web comic, 14 chapters, smart phone as reading device recommended!  Read it here


    Code and UX by Stefan Endres

    3D avatars by Aljoscha Burtchen 

    Mobile view of Link in Bio an online comic by Michel Esselbrügge
    Mobile view of Link in Bio an online comic by Michel Esselbrügge
    Browser view of Link in Bio an online comic by Michel Esselbrügge
    Exhibition of Link in Bio by Michel Esselbrügge at documenta Halle Kassel.
    Exhibition of Link in Bio by Michel Esselbrügge at documenta Halle Kassel.
    Exhibition view with 3D avatars by Aljoscha Burtchen
  2. Langfinger & Wackelzahn

    Cover of Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge

    Stuck between a childlike imaginary world and teenage horniness the characters of Langfinger & Wackelzahn are in search for belonging, but some of them already know: “Life is random”.

    172 pages, b/w, softcover, thread-stitched with dust jacket

    German edition

    French edtion

    Spread from Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge
    Spread from Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge
    Spread from Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge
    Spread from Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge
    Spread from Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge
    Exhibition for the book release of Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge at Comicfestival Hamburg
    Exhibition for the book release of Langfinger & Wackelzahn by Michel Esselbrügge at Comicfestival Hamburg
    Textile trailer at Comicfestival Hamburg
  3. Illustration

    Gig Poster for Kurt & Komisch
    Carte Blanche for form Design Magazine
    Illustration for z-bau
    Illustration for ZEIT LEO Halloween special
    Illustration for ZEIT LEO Halloween special
    Cover for Kuti Magazine
    Sticker for Klebstoff Mag
  4. ICC

    The Institute for Contemporary Cartooning was founded out of our shared discomfort of being a cartoonist. We had doubts about the total affirmation of ancient cartooning techniques and common comic aesthetics. When we drew, we felt cringe and displeasure. So we stopped drawing, developed a corporate identity, wrote a manifesto and created keynotes on the current state of contemporary cartooning that we presented to the ignorant. Cartooning became a worldview – in a world that had itself become a classic cartoon.

    Over time we realized that the ICC was a big joke, we just couldn't help it; we were comic artists all along and the Contemporary Cartoonist was just a disguise. The compulsion for silly punchlines was still in us. We recognized that cartooning codes couldn't explain our complex world – and we had a strong urge to draw in public. So the already fragile bond broke and the Contemporary Cartoonists became art students, precariously employed and social welfare recipients again. 

    However the ICC could re-form at any time! 

    Members: Karoline Achilles, Victor von Boltenstern, Michel Esselbrügge, Christoph Schnerr, Helen Stefanie and Robin Vehrs.