Article 10: Final Analysis
19th June 2006
In the last Article 10, Paul O'Brien reflects on five years of comics commentary in changing times, the origins and intentions of the column, and the dismal future faced by superhero fans.
Top Nine: O'Brien's Choice
5th June 2006
He's shared his insights with Ninth Art readers for five years, and he's been reviewing comics since any of us can remember. Now Paul O'Brien reveals his nine favourite comics, from NEW MUTANTS to OHOTMU.
Article 10: Arts From Their Elbows
22nd May 2006
Is there truth in art? Storytellers place great value in the power of fiction to communicate ideas - but does the artist reveal truth, or just an amazing simulation? Paul O'Brien looks for the facts in fiction.
Article 10: Crossovers At Cross Purposes
8th May 2006
Marvel and DC cross paths at crossover central this month, but while DC's big event tried to serve the existing audience, Marvel appears to be trying to court a new one. Paul O'Brien wonders which company has the better idea.
Article 10: Productive Thinking
24th April 2006
What sort of car does your favourite hero drive? What's their favourite T-shirt? Do you really care? Paul O'Brien does, as he looks at the thorny issue of product placement in comics.
Article 10: TM Comics
10th April 2006
What's the difference between a young Clark Kent and Superboy? When is a superhero not a superhero? Paul O'Brien wades in to the frustratingly baffling world of comic book intellectual property law.
Article 10: Beyond The Fringe
27th March 2006
If you love Silver Sable, if you love Dominic Fortune, and if you're a fan of Brendan Cahill, then boy, does Marvel have a comic for you! But chances are you're none of these things. Why do publishers pump out these under-promoted fringe projects?
Article 10: Zero FM
13th March 2006
As another direct market distributor closes its doors, Paul O'Brien asks whether the future of comics distribution looks brighter than you might at first think.
Article 10: Take Manhattan
27th February 2006
New York plays host to a lot of stories, but this past weekend was the first time it played host to a major comic convention. Paul O'Brien looks at the distance between the real cities we know and the fictional cities they inspire.
Article 10: Blood In The Inkwell
13th February 2006
Around the world, people have been taking to the streets in protest - and people have even been dying - over cartoons. Paul O'Brien looks at both sides of the controversy surrounding the Danish 'Muhammad' cartoons.