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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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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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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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Astroboy pic 1 Astro Boy Volume 8. Comic Review

He is brave and gentle and wise!

Tue, 21 June 2005

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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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.

Osamu Tezuka's "original" Astro Boy comics have recently been published in English for the first time. In total 23 pocket sized black and white volumes averaging 200 pages each. Having personally read volumes #1-13 I can honestly say they were some of the most enjoyable comics I've ever had the joy of reading.

Volume 8's stories vary wildly from Astro battling a Martian Fungus, campaigning for robot civil rights, starting elementary school to fighting a giant robot who is searching for his missing head.

The stories are crafted with insight, beauty and depth. Astro cares for all life and struggles to understand why humans create technological weapons to hurt each other.
Astro Boy is a child. He possesses the innocence and trust of a child. However his responsibilities are that of an adult. He is repeatedly called on by his parents, his caretaker "Dr. Ochanomizu" and various world governments and military groups. Often he is called upon to take down renegade robots, those that were created as weapons.
When he is not busy saving the world he goes to school, lives with his robot family and lives the life a regular 10-year-old boy would. Well, as regular as a flying 10-year-old super strong boy with a finger laser, butt-cannon and one million horsepower can get.

The Astro Boy 23 volume series is available thanks to Dark Horse Comics. Their tireless efforts have brought forth Astro, Metropolis, and Lost World translations for comic-book fans of all ages to enjoy.

What are you waiting for people? Get moving, seek out Mighty Atom (aka Astro) and experience for yourself the greatness of these stories from a master storyteller. Then you can call yourself one of the millions, and millions of Tezuka's fans. And you may learn a little Japanese comic-related history along the way.

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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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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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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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