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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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A Sound Mind - So Thankful - Front Cover A Sound Mind: So Thankful. CD Review

Fazz sings the praises of a quality local act

Publisher: Independent Release

Sat, 10 June 2006

Fazz Profile 01 by: Fazz

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Here at buttonhole we like to give our content a distinct Australian flavor, and what better way to do so than to cover local material?
A Sound Mind are a band from the South-Eastern suburbs of Buttonhole's home town, Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne without a doubt has the biggest and best music scene in the country, so it's to be expected that some great artists come from here.

A Sound Mind contacted me about 2 months ago. So I went and had a listen to some of their material. I liked what I'd heard, and a few weeks later a brand spanking new copy of their EP "So Thankful" turned up in my PO Box. I rushed home and put it onů
To say that I was blown away with a sonic intensity and depth rarely heard in a release from an unsigned act is an understatement. The CD then made its way to my car, where amps and subs make for an entirely different listening experience. A whole new world of thunderous sound opened up to me. This CD has been on heavy rotation ever since.

A Sound Mind consist of Anthony on vocals and keys, Kiran on Drums, Glenn on guitars and Andrew on bass. These 4 talented young musicians have really taken to heart the old musos adage that you should "Perfect your Art". Their songwriting is impeccable, their sounds are incredible and the lyrical content is deep and uplifting.

A Sound Mind - Live Shot
More blue than the Blue Man Group!

This EP opens with the title track, "So Thankful". This song is a wonderful introduction to this release. Staring with a clean guitar and keys, this soulful rock-ballad moves seamlessly through several musical progressions. Filled with huge guitars, thundering bass and amazing vocal work, this song would have to be my favorite off the EP.
Up next we have "Repairable". This song takes on a whole different sound to the preceding track. More laid back would be a good way to describe how this track starts. Lulling you into a false sense of security the chorus develops into more blistering guitars and cymbals, feedback and generally has a very orchestral feeling to it. This is truly a wonderful song.

At song number 3 we get "Ash to Flame". This is another of my personal favorites. Pianos and smooth clean guitars open this one. Brilliantly written and arranged, this track really stands out in the way that it's cruisy from start to finish, but lacks none of the aural depth that the heavier songs have.
Last but not least is "What's out there for Me?" I can definitely see this one being a crowd favorite at a live show. It's purely classic guitar driven rock. With almost flawless efficiency this song moves seamlessly between verses and chorus. The flowing feel changes easily into a more choppy pre-chorus and bridge. The vocals are absolutely stunning and work beautifully with the guitars and keyboards.

This EP from this very talented up and coming local band would easily have to be one of the best releases I've heard all year. The band members are friendly and have a real passion for their art. This shows in so many ways while listening to "So Thankful".
What I'd love to see is a pile more gigs on these guys website, so maybe I can drag myself away from work one night and check them out.
You can check out A Sound Mind at their website and also at They have their CD available for sale, and you can preview tracks from this most excellent release.

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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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