Enter Yerevan, the capital of Armenia — a city in ruins. Wrecking balls swing wildly and cement trucks race through congested streets. Aspiring architect Frunz and his father, the renowned builder known as Mr. Cement, plan to level Yerevan’s historic landmarks and flood the city with Trumpian high-rises. But this plan outrages the citizens of Yerevan, who rise up in Revolution. Amid the ensuing chaos, only one thing is certain: Frunz must brave the streets swarming with rebels in search of the Golden Mean.
Written by Viken Berberian with his signature originality and verve and drawn with audacious compositions, delirious colors, and a kinetic expressionistic technique by the acclaimed painter and illustrator Yann Kebbi, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade is a formally innovative and politically resonant work, by turns prescient, punchy, cautionary, and fearless.
Viken Berberian is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Believer. His novels include The Cyclist and Das Kapital: A Novel of Love and Money Markets. He lives in Armenia.
Karen Green has been Columbia's Librarian for Ancient & Medieval History since 2002. A lifelong comics fan, she initiated Butler Library's graphic novels collection in 2005, and began acquiring comics creator archives in 2011. She wrote a monthly column, "Comic Adventures in Academia," for the ComiXology website from 2007 to 2012, has planned numerous events and panels, including 2012's two-day Comic New York symposium, and has spoken about comics in an academic milieu at universities around the country. She sat on the board of trustees of New York's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art from 2010 to 2012, served as a judge for the Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards in 2011, and currently is Vice President of the board of directors of the Society of Illustrators.