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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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spiderJ Don't damn me, when I speak a piece of mind

'Cause silence isn't golden, when I'm holding it inside

Sun, 9 December 2007

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Raise your glasses and rejoice, for the fun times are about to drastically expand. To paraphrase The Rock: "Finally... Old Sammy has come Buttonhole!"

My true return, from a lengthy (not to mention unwanted/unintended) hiatus has suffered more delays & false starts than Axl Rose's Chinese Democracy album and Duke Nukem Forever combined. I'm not sure exactly how many times I've said (usually in my Editorial Columns) something along the lines of, "Sorry I've been away, but now I'm back." It feels to me as though I've said something like that about 10 billion times over the past 12 months, or thereabouts. You can see my latest my excuse/reason in previous Editorial.

Well, sorry to bore you...Actually, I'm not sorry at all. What do I owe you? Fuck you, cocksucker. But, anyway, I am going to say it again: Right here and right now, I am making my full-time return to Planet Buttonhole. Again, though, I've made many claims like that in recent times. Indeed, I may have unwittingly turned myself into "the boy who cried wolf" with some people, as a result of my numerous preceding failed and/or short lived comebacks. Frankly, I can't really blame anyone who might be sceptical about hearing this once again.

However, I can say, in absolute sincerity, this is, by far, the most assured & confident I can recall feeling about saying this sort of thing. While I'm still not exactly all good health wise (basically, I'm well enough and VERY far from my worst), I just kind of know, or feel- as corny as that may sound - in my heart and mind, that I am now ready. Ready and able, to happily get back to providing every bit of energy & attention this wondrous website requires/deserves.

To tell the truth, my protracted absence has caused Buttonhole to lose a whole lot of ground. Unfortunately, we've got some major catching up to do. Particularly in areas like promotion (to repeat a P.T. Barnum quote I've used many times before, "Without promotion, something terrible happens... Nothing.") and the relationships we have with our supporters. Obviously, we've also lapsed substantially when it comes to providing our readers with frequent, up to date & varied news and reviews for all of our website's main topics.

Buttonhole is, metaphorically speaking, rather like a plant, or flower. First you must plant a seed and from there, in order for the plant to grow to its full strength and beauty, you must nurture it constantly; water it daily and make sure it gets the right amount of sunlight etc. Right now, this plant of ours is looking a touch wilted.

For the record, I wanna stress the fact that I, personally, am solely responsible for this situation. It is also, essentially, up to me to get Buttonhole back on track and blooming again. At first that prospect felt a bit daunting. But now, I find it very exciting. I'm fired up about putting my gardening gloves and getting stuck into the rebuilding process.

Before anyone gets all freaked out, or starts thinking Buttonhole is/was on the brink of collapse - relax, baby! Everything is fine and dandy. We are behind where we were and that means we're also definitely behind where we should be. But we're also an enormous distance away from any Michael Jackson style fall from grace. Sure, Buttonhole isn't at any sort of great peak right now (compared to our more bountiful periods): But our site hasn't started to suck either. In fact, we are still looking pretty darn cool and remain well above average.

I'm aware that I've praised Buttonhole's Assistant Editor, Australian Ninja, many times now in my Editorials, but I really can't stress enough just what a life saver that guy has been. On top of his other work commitments and so forth, Aussie Ninja has spent countless hours writing reviews, building/maintaining contacts and editing and posting almost every single Buttonhole article that's gone online over the past few months.

Aussie Ninja and Buttonhole's Lead Contributor, Jason (along with a couple of other people - like Special K, with his invaluable tech support) have done a tremendous job of keeping our website's heart beating. I'm in the process of arranging it so that both Ninja and Jason are added to the contact list of all Buttonhole's supporters. Because, it seems to me, those guys (as well as me, of course!) are essentially going to be the lynchpins of this site from now on. Anyway, I reckon when we fully establish that core team, it shall definitely make it easier for Buttonhole to continue onwards and upwards.

On top of that, of course, we'll still have the sweet reviews & content provided by the other members of Team Buttonhole. For example, our new guy, Borgieman, seems very keen to get stuck into some reviews. Hopefully we'll soon have some more wrestling-related content from the mighty Gimmick and other old favourites too.

Captain Buttonhole will soon be getting heavily involved in various ways, which should be well worth watching, to say the least. For instance, Cpt. B and Killer App have decided to join forces, to form the latest and greatest (new & improved!) duo to go by the name of "The B Team". I've checked out a few samples of what the B Team's reviews/articles are going to be like and...Let's just say I can't wait to see more.

In closing, there are many plans in the works and I'm pondering numerous ideas. Speaking personally, this is the most creatively fertile period I've experienced since Buttonhole launched. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We'll first need to get our feet steady and learn to be comfortable walking slowly again. Before too long, we can work back up to a jog. Eventually....we'll be speeding faster than the Road Runner. Meep meep, motherfucker.

by: Hillelman

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Sometimes you kick
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear
Tell me tell me tell me the answer
And time goes by so slowly
I take a couple uppers. I down a couple downers.

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All of the above

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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