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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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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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Armageddon Expo Contest Screen_0 Sense Shattering Comic Book Contest

Graphic fiction just like momma used to make

Mon, 3 September 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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For those of you who think you have the mad skills good enough to pencil or write a comic book, here's you're chance to prove it.
Some sweet competitions are here for you to enter courtesy of the Armageddon Expo and Top Cow Comics.

You can download applications for the comp right here dear reader.

Now before the robot monkeys attack earth and enslave all of humanity, be sure to read on to find out all the juicy details. (Yeah I know details are boring, but you got to read them before you can enter, so get to it people!)


'Top Cow' Comics and Armageddon Expo are pleased to announce a unique talent search for the best graphic novel and comic artists in Australia!

There are two awesome competitions to winů.

Witchblade. Has she even heard of clothing?
Draw a 'Top Cow' comic - Two contest winners will be paid a page rate of $50 per page (US Dollars) each to illustrate, a 22 page minimum comic, to be produced by Spacedog Entertainment and released through Top Cow productions.

Write a 'Top Cow' Comic - Two contest winners will be paid $1,000 (One Thousand) US Dollars each to co-create & co-write, along with David Wohl, a 22 page minimum comic script each, to be produced by Spacedog Entertainment and released through Top Cow productions.

This is a unique contest and a terrific chance to get your work published in the American market as well as bringing yourself to the attention of a major American Comic Publisher.
Don't miss the co-creator of Witchblade and the Darkness, David Wohl, attending the event to review attendees work and more!

Visit the Melbourne event site for rules and more information on this amazing contest.

Other Armageddon Guests Include:

Andrea Romano - Animation Voice Director - Justice League
Bruce Timm - Animation Legend - Justice League
Andrea Romano - Animation Voice Director - Justice League
Bruce Timm - Animation Legend - Justice League
Jimmy Palmiotti - International Comic Writer and Artist - Countdown
Amanda Connor - International Comic Artist - Terra
Gail Simone - International Comic Writer - Wonder Woman
Nicola Scott - International Comic Artist - Birds of Prey
Billy West - Animation Guest - Futurama and More
Neil Kaplan - Animation Guest - Optimus Prime
Richard Horvitz - Animation Guest - Invader Zim & Billy
Rino Romano - Animation Guest - The Batman & Sailor Moon
Rodger Bumpass - Animation Guest - Spongebob Squarepants

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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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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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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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