The Book Review: A Life Force
31st January 2005
The Great Depression hits the inhabitants of Dropsie Avenue, and the spectre of Nazism looms. Rob Vollmar explores one of Will Eisner's most accomplished and most autiobiographical works.
Discovering The Elephant: An integralist approach to understanding graphic novels, part four
12th January 2004
What is a graphic novel? In the concluding part of his essay seeking to answer that very question, Rob Vollmar looks at the role the reader plays in the equation, and offers his final answer.
Discovering The Elephant: An integralist approach to understanding graphic novels, part three
15th December 2003
In the third part of Rob Vollmar's attempt to arrive at a working definition for the term 'graphic novel', he turns to the subject of formalism, and the questions thus raised about serialisation, length, sophistication and complexity.
Discovering The Elephant: An integralist approach to understanding graphic novels, part two
3rd November 2003
Rob Vollmar continues his four-part study into defining the graphic novel with a look at the role played by authorial intent, with consideration of the works and words of creators Eddie Campbell and Osamu Tezuka.
Discovering The Elephant: An integralist approach to understanding graphic novels, part one
6th October 2003
Eisner-nominated creator Rob Vollmar returns to Ninth Art with a new four-part essay that aims to thoroughly address one of the great questions still troubling the comic industry. What exactly is a graphic novel?
The Friday Review: Top Shelf: Asks The Big Questions
4th July 2003
There seems to be no shortage of art-comics anthologies on the shelves these days, but is there room for one more? Top Shelf certainly thinks so, and with a little help from Robot Publishing, it's put together an impressive line-up to demonstrate the point.
The Friday Review: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
16th May 2003
You probably already know Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror tale, but you may not be familiar with the work of Lorenzo Mattotti. Ninth Art discovers the ideal introduction in this extraordinary literary adaptation.
Minority Report: The Mirror Crack'd, Part 3
21st April 2003
Rob Vollmar concludes his application of Elaine Showalter's three phases of women's writing to the comics world, with a look at the female voice in modern comics, and the debate surrounding the creation of Girlamatic.com.
Minority Report: The Mirror Crack'd Part 2
10th March 2003
Rob Vollmar considers the feminist voice, the second of Elaine Showalter's three phases of women's writing, as it applies to comics, tracking the changes from WIMMEN'S COMIX to NAUGHTY BITS and beyond.
Minority Report: The Mirror Crack'd, Part 1
10th February 2003
Following his 'brief history' of women in comics, Rob Vollmar launches an exploration of the modern trends of female creators, taking a lead from literary theorist Elaine Showalter to examine the 'Feminine' paradigm.