The Droste Effect/Infinity Covers in Comic Books

The Droste effect (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdrɔstə]), known in art as an example of mise en abyme, is the effect of a picture recursively appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear. This produces a loop which mathematically could go on forever, but in practice only continues as far as the image’s resolution allows.

Action Comics #500 (DC) Amazing Spider-Girl #0 (Marvel) Batman V1 #8 (DC) Captain Marvel #37 (Fawcett) Comics Collector-Summer 1985 Its Game Time (DC) Jimmy Olsen-Superman’s Pal #110 (DC) Little Max #1 (Harvey) MAD #101 Madman Wizard Ace Edition #1 My Little Margie #8 (Charlton) Spoof V1 #1 (Marvel)
Story of Johnny Surge, The #1947
The Marvels #10 (Marvel) Walt Disney Comics #33

Fame Coffee: A good cup of coffee at a good price!

Chongkran Sor

Chongkran Sor is a new restaurant on highway 6 across the street from Angkor Market.  Chongkran Sor offers a variety if Khmer dishes at various prices to fit any budget. The food is excellent as is the service!


DC has Super Pride!

DC has outed the eight “official” LGBTQIA characters in the DC universe! I will give the backstory of each character in the ad for DC super PRIDE which is a movement in the order they appear in the ad visually. From right to left, first row, we have Superman’s son Jon Kent and the successor to dad who is cool with Jon’s alternate lifestyle. Not are what Lois Lane thinks since she is the mother of Jon Kent. Pa Ken and Ma Kent are around these days. Ma and Pa Kent are of course grandparents of Jon Kent.

Nubia (DC) replaces Hippolyta was the Queen of the Amazons and was replaced as queen by Nubia! The Amazons have pride AND diversity AND no glass ceiling with Nubia as queen!

The grandson of the Flash is Bart Allen.  Bart Allen has taken up the mantle of the Kid Flash is a male homosexual in a committed relationship with a character named Eduardo.

The son of Black Manta, that is African American becomes the new Aquaman and combines the functions of racial AND LGBT diversity. The new Aquaman has a relationship with a Atlantean man.

Green Lantern is now both African-American and female and gay. Three checklist items with one character! The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott is a long-time male homosexual character in DC.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are in a committed relationship and were pioneers of LGBT topics in the DC universe. The romantic relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy is developed more fully in Harley Quinn the animated series in seasons 2&3! The commercial success of Harley Quinn animated series probably got DCs attention.

Batwoman has a dominatrix vibe like Catwoman. Catwoman does scratch her lover Batman now and then. Meow! Will keep an eye on Batwoman and let my fans know if there are any whips or chains in the future of Batwoman! So far nothing but wasn’t looking as I am now.  Kate Kane is actually Bruce Wayne’s cousin who, like Bruce, lost her sister and mother when she was young. She ended up attending a military school where she was poised to become a high-ranking officer in the military. However, after rumors of her relations with a fellow female officer, she ended up leaving the military due to their “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Foodies Review

Foodies is on Sok San road in Siem Reap, Cambodia and has fantastic food.  I had the chicken kebab and was super impressed!

Pro Coffee Offers Food!

Pro Coffee is on highway 6 in Siem Reap, Cambodia across the street from The Habit and now offers food!

The Department of Truth

The Department of Truth (DOT) is a hard read but worth reading. Ideas shape physical reality more directly in the DOT universe than ours. The US government uses the DOT to shape ideas and therefore political events! Martin Simmod is the artist of this comic book series. The art is jagged and disturbing and works with the text well.  The comic book is published by Image.

The Strange Reproductive Habits of Screens

The reproductive habits of “skreens” is described in in New Think #1 (Awa-Upshot).

A History of Violence in The Killer – Affairs of the State

A concise history of violence in The Killer – Affairs of the State 04 (of 06) (Archaia). The history in this comic book makes the point that violence has become more controlled, precise and smaller as in assassinations. The KGB might have taken out Ukraine with a hundred bombs. The KGB used snub nose 38 police revolvers and shot the victim in the face to show a message. A face blown off sends a message! The KGB was good at sending messages! Very few people have the ruthlessness to use their 38 to blow off someone’s face. Headshots to the back of the head are the preferred method of assassination for the mob. I can only speculate that an agency that used poisoned cigars against Castro uses many creative methods. I do know from public sources that CIA does use the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator which is expensive but only used for high value targets, I assume. And boy this boom sends a chilling message not just to gang but even to countries as a whole!

However, Putin is a butcher not a student much less a master of assassination! Maybe too bad for the world. I am following line of thought. The lesser of two evils is indeed a way of handling many realpolitik situations logically. Organized crime is preferable to disorganized crime. Professional assassinations are preferable to butchery. Less blood and more effect are one way of measuring how effective violence can be. Blood entails cost in materiel, damaged soldier mentally or physically and international good will. If you can destroy and opponent with a single bullet then you are to be congratulated. If you use lasers and hypersonic missiles and lose two border countries to NATO then you are dreadfully inefficient. The goal is not to be brutal and inflict damage but to achieve political goals via the least effort and most importantly the least cost. China is very efficient and understands the correct relationship between military goals and political goals. The military is a means to an end. Political goals are the end! A simple idea with profound consequences! I end with my motto on such matters: “Make money not war”.

Economic war has many advantages over military war but there is the equivalent of atomic bombs in economic warfare and mass starvation does interfere with the overall political goal make money not war. Mass starvation leads to governmental chaos and can spread! Order is preferable to chaos for business. Businesses are very flexible but do need some stability. The US in fact is using military means and using the Ukrainians as proxies and only providing materiel and training. No US boots on the ground. On top of the military means there is the economic war led politically by the US. Man, alliances can really help! By the way Biden’s approval ratings are lower than those of Trump at the same time in his presidency! Biden, “It’s the economy stupid”. If Americans have to choose between beer and pizza Friday due to a lack of funds then it’s time for a new President!

A Review of The Boys Presents: Diabolical an animated TV series

The Boys Presents: Diabolical continues the tradition of Harley Quinn (animated TV series) and Invincible of depicting ultra-violence in a TV animated series.  In The Boys Presents: Diabolical there are lots depictions of ultraviolence and of course you can really go all out with the ultraviolence in an animated TV show rather than a live acting version. There is little difference in cost in drawing a peaceful scene or a violent scene. A violent scene in a live action series requires the use of props and CGI and a violent scene is more expensive than a scene without violent special effects.  The Boys Presents: Diabolical, do not press the link if you are squeamish, is the second The Boys media project. The series known simply as “The Boys”, terrible name, has Homelander, a great actor, using his Superman type power of heat/laser vision on people which is pretty horrific. Homelander is what if Superman was secretly a bad guy and a narcissist psychopath like the Joker BUT with a need to be loved i.e., an insecure joker.  The Homelander in The Boys Presents: Diabolical does the same melting flesh technique in the live actor version but in the animated version the melting flesh scenes are shown more often, for a longer period and in more detail, and close ups.  Do not press the link that follows if you have psychopathological and/or tendencies toward narcissism, The Boys Presents: Diabolical is not for children and I would give it an XXX rating or X rating in legal terms since XXX is not a thing legally. This is perhaps the most violent American animated TV series I have ever seen and I watch a lot of animated stuff both American and Japanese!  However, watching the series was great and if you are over 18 and not too impressionable then by all means watch the series!