Thursday, March 13, 2014


Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90027
3/28: Estevan Oriol: L.A. Portraits
4/20: Somatize a Great Nation: How the Drug-Trade and Hollywood Control Your Future event - three books, one band!
4/25: Blighted Eye: The Collection of Glenn Bray
Book Release & Signing Party with Special Guests 
including Robert Williams
Estevan Oriol: 
L.A. Portraits

Book Release & Signing Party
Friday, March 28, 2014
7 - 10 PM
Photographer Estevan Oriol cemented his reputation as the street photographer of our times with his first book, LA WomanL.A. Portraits similarly catches readers by surprise by capturing Los Angeles' most confrontational denizens and gritty neighborhoods, showcasing a hidden existence that most lensmen would steer clear of. Comprised of hundreds of photos documenting real L.A street life in a way rarely witnessed, L.A. Portraits deals with sensitive subjects in highly guarded environments-from criminal cartels to Hollywood's A list. Oriol has earned the trust and respect of the streets at all levels.
"This collection of pictures was taken throughout the past 20 years. It started out with photos of my friends and people I was meeting in the lowriding scene. Later, some magazine work led to special assignments on the gang culture here in Los Angeles."
About the author
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Estevan Oriol pulls inspiration from the city and reflects its sensibilities in his work. Southern California juxtaposes the glitzy and the gritty more than anyplace on Earth and those extremes are visible both in Oriol's choice of subject and execution. Whether he's photographing gang life, a fashion model, or Dr. Dre, there is a voice in his work that is distinctly LA bred.
Hardcover: 136 pages
Publisher: Drago; 1st edition
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-8888493893
Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
Price: $60 
If you cannot attend the event and would like a signed book, contact Soap Plant / Wacko at (323) 663-0122 or
Trineday Presents a 
4/20 Hollywood, Drugs & Mind Control Event
With authors Daniel Hopsicker, Kris Millegan & Cheri Seymour, 
and a music performance by The Normal Bean Band, 
featuring Prairie Prince of The Tubes
Easter Sunday April 20, 6-9 PM
TrineDay and La Luz de Jesus present an Easter Sunday like no other on 4/20: Somatize a Great Nation: How the Drug-Trade and Hollywood Control Your Future
It's an evening of Books, Discussion, Music and Ritual! In addition to author presentations and a musical performance by The Normal Bean Band (featuring legendary drummer Prairie Prince of The Tubes), TrineDay author and publisher Kris Millegan will be performing a Native American ritual of the three sacred herbs!

Barry and the Boys: 
The CIA, the Mob and America's Secret History
by Daniel Hopsicker
An inside look at the United States' shocking political past
Based on the author's three-year-long investigation, this account exposes the story of lifelong CIA agent Barry Seal, the most successful drug smuggler in American history, who died in a hail of bullets with George Bush's private phone number in his wallet. Revealing Seal's active role in many of the nation's most notorious scandals-including the Bay of Pigs, the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, and the Iran-Contra Affair, and featuring primary documents previously unseen by the public, this unique history explores the Faustian bargains made by the U.S. government and the secret pasts of some of today's politicians.

Fleshing Out Skull & Bones:
Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society
Edited by Kris Milegan
An expose of Yale's supersecretive and elite Order of Skull & Bones
This chronicle of espionage, drug smuggling, and elitism in Yale University's Skull & Bones society offers rare glimpses into this secret world with previously unpublished documents, photographs, and articles that delve into issues such as racism, financial ties to the Nazi party, and illegal corporate dealings. Contributors include Antony Sutton, author of America's Secret Establishment; Dr. Ralph Bunch, professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University; Webster Griffin Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin, authors and historians; and Howard Altman, editor of the Philadelphia City Paper. A complete list of known members, including George Bush and George W. Bush, and reprints of rare magazine articles on the Order of Skull and Bones are included.

The Last Circle:
Danny Casolaro's Investigation into the Octopus and the PROMIS Software Scandal
by Cheri Seymour
Uncovering collusion between the government and organized crime worldwide
Probing one of most organized and complex criminal enterprises in the United States, this report exposes the dynamics of the Octopus, a globe-trotting undercover intelligence operative. Based on 18 years of investigative research, this account reveals high-level, covert government operations and the elaborate corporate structures and the theft of high-tech software (PROMIS) used as smoke-and-mirror covers for narcotics trafficking, money laundering, arms sales, and espionage. The Octopus connections to a maze of politicians and officials in the National Security Council, the CIA, the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Justice are revealed. A detailed look into the recent high-profile arrest of Mafia hit-man Jimmy Hughes is also included in this intriguing analysis.
Signed books can be pre-ordered by calling the book store at (323)663-0122, or emailing

The Blighted Eye: The Collection of Glenn Bray
Book Release & Signing Party with Special Guests
Friday, April 25, 2014
7 - 9 PM
The Blighted Eye showcases Glenn Bray's extensive collection of original comic art by cartoonists such as The book features work by a pantheon of cartooning masters, including Charles AddamsCarl BarksCharles BurnsAl CappDan ClowesJack ColeR. CrumbJack DavisKim Deitch,Will ElderAl FeldsteinVirgil FinlayDrew FriedmanChester GouldJustin GreenRick GriffinBill GriffithMatt GroeningGeorge Grosz,V.T. HamlinJaime HernandezGeorge HerrimanAl HirshfeldGraham IngelsBernie KrigsteinHarvey KurtzmanGary PanterVirgil PartchSavage PencilPeter PontiacCharles RodriguesSpain RodriguezCharles SchulzGilbert SheltonJoost SwarteStanislav SzukalskiIrving TrippChris WareS. Clay WilsonBasil WolvertonWallace WoodJim WoodringArt Young, and - it should go without saying - many more.
The Blighted Eye is the most copious, the most diverse, and the most lavish compilation of original comic art ever published - all from the mind-boggling collection of Glenn Bray. Bray was an enthusiast of marginal or outsider American pop culture when he started to collect original comic art in 1965 - a time when very few people, including the artists themselves, truly valued the original art. Bray has, over the last nearly 50 years, amassed the most eclectic collection of original comic art in private hands. Public exhibitions of original comics art has proliferated over the last decade with such shows as Masters of American Comics at LA's Hammer Museum and R. Crumb's Underground at Seattle's Frye Museum. Readers have been able to see this original art in museum catalogues and the occasional compilation of work digitally scanned directly from the original art. Although drawn for print, the hand-crafted, original art - brush strokes and pen lines inked on paper - offers a beauty and an unique insight into the form, a different way of perceiving the artist's work. Full color.
Glenn Bray will be here in person to sign his book, as will Todd Hignite and Robert Williams, who each supplied a foreword.
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st edition
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1606996959
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
Price: $100
If you cannot attend the event and would like a signed book, contact Soap Plant / Wacko at (323) 663-0122 or

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