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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Fri, 1 July 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Hello again to all of you Buttonhole loving girls and boys.

I've had an excellent week (or so) and I hope that you all have too.

First up, I just want to say happy Birthday to my Dad. Not that he reads this thing, but I thought it would be a nice touch all the same!

Secondly, I'm sorry that I've not been updating the articles quite as much over this past week. Luckily we had others, such as Australian Ninja and Ichibod (and the rest of the team too) backing me up there, so there should still have been a couple of good quality things for you to read. Don't forget there are always the forums that you can get on too. Have a read of what others have to say, or speak your own mind. The more the merrier really.

I didn't get to do the report I had intended to write about the WWE's Vengeance Pay Per View. Our Wreslting Section Lead, the Gimmick, is pretty flat out at the moment with some other stuff, I'm sure you all know how that can be. As a result, I was intending to cover that show myself and maybe get him to throw in a few comments. By the time I got to it though, well it just seemed like it was a bit late to really bother! So, to all you wrasslin' fans, I apologise for that. I will just say that I thought the show was an excellent one all up. I was particularly impressed with the Angle/HBK return match (not quite as great as their first classic at Wrestlemania, but how could it be? The first time is unique and that gives it the edge. Part 2 was still an amazing match). And the main event Hell in the Cell title bout went way beyond my expectations; a tremendous effort from both guys.

Anyway, the things I have been spending most of my time on 'behind the scenes' are all going to pay off for Buttonhole in a big way, you just wait and see. I'll even tell you a bit about some them right now!

For one thing, we are now going to be supported by Madman/AV Channel and therefore we'll be able to bring you much more coverage of anime, along with any other titles they choose to send our way. I am very excited about that and so are the rest of the crew, especially Ichibod, who loves his anime action. Thanks a million Madman, I liked you already, but now I like you even more!

There are other companies I've been working on gaining some support from and all of them are looking pretty promising at this stage. It seems most likely that the amount of Buttonhole support from distributors/publishers is going to grow even bigger in the very near future. And of course, the more stuff we get, the more we'll be able to tell you about!

I have been lining up more of those popular Q&A articles as well. I already mentioned in the last editorial that we'd be doing one with our mate Ben Pollock from THQ. Ben's a top bloke, he knows his stuff when it comes to videogames and he's also very articulate... and amusing! I expect his answers to go over very well with our audience.

I can now let you in on one of the other upcoming Q&A candidates; Scott Bowden from Movie Poop Shoot. You might (and should) recall we did a Q&A with one Movie Poop Shoot fella-- Scott Tipton-- author of "Comics 101". Well, Bowden writes another column that makes "the Poop" one of my favourite (non-Buttonhole!) websites, which is called Kentucky Fried Rasslin'. KFR is always an extremely entertaining and informative bit of reading, thoroughly recomended for any wrestling aficionado. Thanks to Mr. Bowden for agreeing to participate. I am honestly looking forward to seeing what he has to say in reply to whatever dopey questions I can think of throwing his way.

We have some other things on the cards, so if any of them are ready to be talked about by the time I do the next editorial I'll be sure to fill you in. Bottom line is though, things are going along beautifully for Buttonhole!

Until we meet again... look after each other,

Sammy


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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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