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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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Armageddon Expo 2007_Screen_1 Armageddon Expo 2007

Aussie Ninja just can't wait for the end times

Mon, 3 September 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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As if Melbourne doesn't already have enough entertainment to bleed your wallet dry, now we have the Armageddon popular culture expo on its way. The events and guests happening at this years two day show in Melbourne are something for geeks of all ages and backgrounds to get excited about.

I know I'm excited about going and it's looking likely that Anime fiend Ichibod and forum regular Borgieman will be attending. Editor in chief and heavyweight champion of the Buttonhole world Hillelman may even make a guest appearance.
Heck, Captain Buttonhole himself is rumoured to appear (but you won't see him on any guest list!)

But no matter how excited you get about the upcoming geekfest don't go biting the head off of a chicken, but do read on for the full details (courtesy of the people from Armageddon) and be sure to check out their website for further info at


October 13 and 14, 2007 sees Melbourne welcome the arrival of the brand new and amazing ARMAGEDDON MULTIMEDIA EXPO at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Featuring an amazing array of 'pop-culture' exhibits, Armageddon is the largest show of its type in the southern hemisphere, bringing together comics, animation, computer games, TV & Movie stars, wrestlers, live games, sports and music, all under the one roof.

Held over two days, the October 2007 event will be one not to be missed, with special guests to include Adam West, best known as Bruce Wayne and Batman in the 1960's TV series, and more recently as himself on The Simpsons and The Family Guy. West will be joined by Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman in the 1960's series Batman.

Enforcing the fun will be international WWE wrestling superstar Rob Van Dam. During his career, Rob's won a number of title belts, including ECW TV Champion, WWF Hardcore Champion and WWE Intercontinental Champion.

Chris Rankin will also be in attendance to weave his magic. Chris plays the eldest Weasly boy Percy, in the Harry Potter films and will be seen in the upcoming Harry Potter film 'Order of the Phoenix'.

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LEELA: Fry, this isn't TV, it's real life, can't you tell the difference? FRY: Sure, I just like TV better.
Also making an appearance at Armageddon will be Billy West, who is best known for his lead voice on Futurama as Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg and Zapp Brannigan. Billy has been in television since the late '80's providing the voice of Stimpy in Nickelodeon's The Ren and Stimpy Show, as well as various other incidental characters. He also provided the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the 1996 movie Space Jam, starring along side Michael Jordan.

And for even more fun, on Sunday there will be an awesome 'Pillow fight' on the main stage. This is an experience not to be missed. The event is simple. Turn up, grab a pillow (Armageddon provides them) and have it out! There'll be three rounds, ages 10 and under, 10 to 16 and all ages.

Still got energy to burn? Then don't miss the FREE laser tag areas in the heart of Armageddon. Featuring non-stop action both days of the expo, this arena will give an additional atmosphere to the event, were teams can compete in a fully enclosed laser tag arena. Players will be provided with laser tag gear and can play as many times as they like.

All this action and more, including live wrestling shows from the Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA), live bands, best-dressed competitions and even a pizza eating contest! For a full run-down of what's on, visit

Armageddon is coming! … and it's a lot of FUN!


COST: ADULTS $15 a day or $26 for a 2 day pass
CHILD (under 12) $10 a day or $16 for a 2 day pass
FROM: TICKETEK and at the venue door during the event

For further information, or to arrange interviews, please contact Dave Harding at dreamcoat PR on (03) 9510 7788, or 0433 672 287 or at

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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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