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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Tenjho Tenge Round 1 DVD boxTenjho Tenge V1 - Round 1. DVD Review
Ichibod gets a pleasant surprise

by ichibod
Well, a little slow, but better late than never! The first of four reviews of basically hot chicks with big guns, swords and cleavage. When I first saw the four DVDS that Madman had graciously passed onto this lowly Buttonholer, I thought I would write one review for all four DVDS, as they all appeared to be of a similar ilk. But, after watching what I thought would be the worst of the four, and the easiest to basically dismiss and write next to nothing about, due to how lame it was... Well, I have had to rethink my plans and so, here is this single review of a DVD that utterly surprised me; Tenjho Tenge. As you can probably guess from my intro there, I watched Tenjho Tenge with the express desire for it to fail miserably to impress me. The cover was the first hint as to how bad I th... Read On
He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special. DVD Review
I ho, ho, haaave the powerrr!

by Hillelman
I don't know whether it is a good thing, a bad thing, or whatever, but, as far as "western civilization" goes, my generation (I'm not referring to the classic song by The Who), often labelled "Generation X" (some advertising/marketing wanker probably came up with that one), was the first one to really become obsessed with "popular culture". ... Read On
Scott Tipton has some news for his readers (and Buffy fans)
A bit of a (late) plug for the "Comics Proffessor"

by Hillelman
Scott Tipton from www.moviepoopshoot.com who writes the excellent "Comics 101" column there (amongst other things), and also did a great Q & A article for us some time ago, sent out this news in an email to his readers a while back. I meant to post it at the time, but completely forgot. Better late than never right? Cheers Scott, good luck with it all and keep up the fantastic work.... Read On
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Buttonhole's Manifest 05 Report
Ichibod tells us about the show and shares some great photos

by ichibod
Know those things you swear you are going to go to every year and every year you forget to go? Well, Manifest has always been one of those things for me. So it was on grand final day that I shunned the over priced pies and warm flat beer to finally attend Melbourne's Manifest held at Melbourne University.... Read On
SBS just keeps it coming.
Ichibod has more good anime news

by ichibod
Like I said in my previous rant about SBS having the balls to bring great anime onto free to air TV, well SBS has big cahoonas...Yes, SBS have done it again. Coming to our free to air screens from the end of September through October is a collection of studio Ghibli – Hayao Miyazaki animes.... Read On
SBS brings Anime back to Aussie TV! Plus, Manifest 2005!
Ichibod spreads the good anime news from planet Buttonhole

by ichibod
Do we possibly have some of the best free to air TV in the world? I have read that other countries are actually jealous of some of the free to air programming we have here in Australia. Hmm... I didn't know Blue heelers was so popular. BLUE HEELERS I hear you moan in a collective pain, no I'm really not talking about quality Aussie dramas. I am refering to the fact that SBS has the balls to bring to us major and groundbreaking anime. That is something many the world over have to pay for the privilege to view.... Read On
Madlax Volume 1- Connections. DVD Review
Japanese schoolgirls? I'm sold

by ichibod
Madlax Vol I – Connections is the first of hopefully many Madman releases to hit my hot and clammy hands. From the creators of Noir Madlax is another of the great girls with guns type of affairs, and hey what's hotter than a pretty young girl in an evening dress taking out military personnel and machinery while tenderly caressing her all too big gun while thinking about pasta!!!! ... Read On
Batman vs. Predator. Trade Paper Back Comic Review
The bout to knock the other guy out

by Australian Ninja
At night the shadows come alive in Gotham city. There’s a new threat in Gotham and you better not get in its way. Batman versus Predator is a comic that some may dismiss because the idea seems silly. In actuality, it is a comic-book with extraordinary production values. It fits in well with both the Batman comics and Predator films. ... Read On
Street Fighter. Round One: FIGHT. Comic Review
Australian Ninja has mastered the Hurricane Kick

by Australian Ninja
Capcom has a dirty secret. Street Fighter has a real storyline. A storyline that has been laying dormant, until now. The story elements and characters are drawn from the Street fighter world warrior video game series, the Zero / Alpha series and the first animated movie into a cohesive whole that will impress fans old and new.... Read On
Ghost in the Shell- Stand Alone Complex: Volume 1
What's so complex about standing alone?

by ichibod
As appears to be a bit of a recurring theme for me and anime reviews, this is part one of the Stand Alone Complex from a 6/7 disk series (the box that it comes with looks very empty at the moment). Sammy's note: I'll see if I can help fill your box dude...yikes, that didn't sound how I wanted it to! Based on the hugely popular Shirow Masamune manga (Japanese comic book for the uneducated), and very much in the vein of the hugely successful Ghost in the Shell animated movie from 1995, Stand Alone Complex brings to life Shirow's vision of a cybernetic future; where the lines between man and machine are blurred. ... Read On
Tom Strong Volume 2. Comic Review
Alan Moore is a weird bastard. God bless him.

by Australian Ninja
Allan Moore’s Tom Strong comics are bloody weird. Three eyed wild wild west cowpokes. Lava men. A giant alien amoeba. A talking gorilla. Multiples of Tom Strong from alternate universes including an animated rabbit.... Read On
Astro Boy Volume 8. Comic Review
He is brave and gentle and wise!

by Australian Ninja
Robots - The Terminator, Bender, The Droid Army. In the future they will rise up against humanity in an effort to destroy us all - and when they do - Astro Boy will be there to stop them.... Read On
Frank Miller's "300". Comic Review
Old Frank gives us another classic

by Australian Ninja
It is said that the Persians had so many archers that when they fired the arrows would block out the sun. To this Dienekes laughed and said: "Good. Then we will have our battle in the shade.”... Read On
MAUS: A Survivors Tale. Comic Review
It is called a comic, but you won't be laughing at this one

by Australian Ninja
In the world of comics, few works strand head and shoulders above the rest. Part comic, part biography, part history lesson, and part labor of love; Maus is one of those works.... Read On
Fray. Trade Paperback Comic Review
First review from Buttonhole's new mystery asassasin

by Australian Ninja
Buffy Summers is dead and gone. The demons on earth are gone. The watchers council has devolved into fanatical lunatics after waiting for more than 200 years for the demons to return. ... Read On
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Madman release announced

by ichibod
After enduring endless rumors, Madman/Av Channel has finally announced the acquisition of Mamoru and Production I.G’s Ghost in a shell II Innocence. This is the sequel to the hugely influential Ghost in the Shell from 1994, which revolutionized Anime and left all anime fans wanting more.... Read On
Ex Machina – The First Hundred Days. Comic Review
Is it worthy of all the attention?

by Tyz
This series came out last year and has set the comics world ablaze. You can say what you like about these books, but there is no denying that it has struck a cord with a large fan base. It would be a gross understatement to say that coming up with a new comic book superhero is difficult in the new millennium –increased cynicism and society’s lack of innocence has knocked around many of heroes from the golden era of Marvel and DC.... Read On
"Must own" Comic Part 4: Transmetropolitan
This is a whole series of β€œmust own” comic books!

by Tyz
Name a reporter that lives on a mountain, loves his weaponry, is addicted to various hallucinogens and does political commentary like a hell-fire preacher. If you said Hunter S Thompson you’d be wrong because this is the future. A future where you can change species for a fashion trend, politicians can be grown in a vat, and you can eat refugee children right out of the can! This is the world of reporter Spider Jerusalem.... Read On
Q&A with Scott Tipton from Movie Poop Shoot
The comics Professor answers all of my questions with ease

by Hillelman
He's the author of one of my favourite internet columns: "Comics 101" at Movie Poop Shoot (he also co-runs the site). I am most grateful to Scott Tipton for finding the time in his already over-loaded schedule to answer all my goofy questions. For those who also enjoy Scott's work I'm sure you'll find his answers fun and interesting to read. If you've never read Comics 101 before, I suggest you check this Q&A session out and then go and see for yourself how good his column really is.... Read On
Texhnolyze [Teknolaiz]
Part I - Stranger

Anime review from Justin! Has a name I can't pronounce

by ichibod
Having just bought Part I of this six disk series, I thought I would try and convey the essence of Texhnolyze one episode at a time – and hopefully encourage others to try this anime by telling them what they will get from it. What they will most likely get is absolute confusion!... Read On
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ToonlogoToons Quote of the Month

"And so we say goodbye to our beloved pet Nibbler who has gone to a place I too hope one day to go. The toilet."

Professor Farnsworth

Which of these animated shows is the funniest?
The Simpsons
South Park
Family Guy
King of the Hill
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny etc.)
The Flintstones

ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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