I think you have been misleading.
The Panda series of updates targeted poor quality content, not article marketing. Unless you are using poor quality content for your articles, you will still have success with article marketing.
Conversely, if you are using poor quality content for any type of backlinks, you will be negatively affected by the Panda updates. It wasn’t restricted to any particular types of backlinks, it affects all backlinks from pages with poor quality content.