The NEUROBLAST release party was Wednesday night on May 10th. NEUROBLAST is a retro HyperCard zine made on a floppy disk and designed for the vintage iMac G3 system. My younger brother and I drove down to the Cat Club on Folsom Street, SOMA district in San Francisco, for the event.
We entered the Goth and BDSM decorated club, dimly lit from red light. The DJ was spinning Angels of Liberty - One Step Closer as we sauntered through a light crowd of cyberpunks swaying to the tunes. We found our host dressed in a silver tuxedo, light blue LED mask, and static shock styled gray hair. A crowd of friends and supporters clustered around a high table with a laptop displaying the NEUROBLAST HyperCard DiskZine for us all to browse. To the left of the laptop were a few boxes of floppy disk copies of the zine to purchase. The creator, James Sime, greets my brother and me with an excited group hug—my brother K. Douglas Luna produces his own comic book Extinction Gear which James sells at his shop Isotope Comics. James is delighted to see us both.
Soon after, some of my friends arrive enthusiastic to see the disk zine. I naturally switch into my role as a host and introduce my colleagues to James. I'm delighted at the sight of this moment—Piqued founders Richard Hogben and I were interviewed for this HyperCard publication, a first for us. I got approached by three different people to sign floppy disks and felt silly. I mentioned this to James, and he emphasized how significant our contribution to NeuroBlast was. I was humbled by James' sincerity.