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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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48 May Cover 48 May

New Zealand's Next Big Musical Export?

Publisher: Sony Music

Mon, 15 November 2004

Fazz Profile 01 by: Fazz

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2003 was a big year for music, here in Australia and Overseas. It saw the launching of many great musical acts all over the globe, and spawned a new age of attitudes towards rock and pop music in general. Closer to home though, I was lucky enough to come across a very talented bunch of cats from New Zealand named 48May.

In the tradition of New Zealand producing some of the most kick-arse musical acts in the past 3 decades, 48May have a sound that is unmistakably original. Following on the heels of such musical greats as Split Enz¯, Crowded House¯, Dragon, Shihad¯, Salmonella Dub¯, Betchadupa¯ and Scribe¯, 48May bring an originality that is Pure New Zealand to the global music stage.

Formed in early-2003, old high school music buddies CaptainHook (guitars/vocals) and Jon Austin (vocals/guitars) joined forces with New Zealand music scene mainstays, Jarod Brown (drums/vocals) and brother Shannon Brown (bass/vocals) to create what is, in my opinion, one of the best Pop/Rock acts I've heard in a long, long time. Together 48May produce a thick and inviting rock sound, with songs simultaneously capturing the irritating and upsetting through to the ironic, carefree and lighthearted side of everyday life.
48May boasts a sound that is, described by the band as Sum 41 meets Foo Fighters, with a hint of Def Leppard¯. In my ears, add a touch of The Beatles/Weezer and their 4-part harmonies and legendary lead guitar lines to the mix and you'd be just about on the money!
Yeah, you fight back, you're way too violent!

Blistering onto the New Zealand scene in early 2003 with their brilliant debut single FightBack¯, produced by Welsh producer Greg Haver (of Lost Prophets¯ and Manic Street Preachers¯ fame), 48May proceeded to launch on a local tour to promote their new single and video. Shortly afterward the band launched their website,

This proved to be a huge success with promotion, advertising tour dates and upcoming appearances. The website also boasts one of the better forums/message boards that I've seen, with a huge member-base of extremely loyal fans. The Band are also known to regularly join in the mischief and madness of the forums with their beloved fans.

Fast Forward to late-2003 and 48May team up once again with producer Greg Haver to record their debut full-length album. Nailing pre-production, recording, mixing and mastering in about 6 weeks, the band were then ready to launch their second single. ComeBackDown¯ blazed onto New Zealand airwaves in early 2004, tempting a new audience to the unique 48May sound.

Not wanting to sit on their arses for an extended period of time, 48May then took off on a national tour with U.S. Rockers, Alien Ant Farm¯. If you hadn't heard of 48may before this, you certainly had now. Playing to packed houses up and down the country, 48May roped a whole new legion of supporters into their ever-expanding fan base.
Currently 48may have just released their latest single Leather&Tattoos¯. Following that the band are busy organizing the release of their Debut Album, which is pegged to be sometime later in the year for New Zealand, while overseas release dates have not yet been looked into. We all wait with baited breath until the day 48May bless our humble Australian airwaves with their brand of rock music.

If you want great quality rock music with an edge, brilliant hooks and something just a little bit different, go and check out 48May. I promise you won't be disappointed.You can visit 48May online at

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Po' Girl - Home To Me. CD Review
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Where are you most likely to get information about your favourite music?
The internet
The radio
TV Music Channels and/or shows
Friends at work or school

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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