September 14th, 2006

go birds!

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Remember way back when, people voted for what they wanted their city represented by on the new Monopoly board? Apparently, the people have spoken. Iirc, the picture for Pioneer Square had the Space Needle in it. Edit: The picture is of a building with the top of the Smith Tower poking out behind it.

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from the Puget Sound Business Journal:

Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle has replaced New York Avenue in the newest edition of Parker Brothers' classic board game Monopoly.

And players can now travel around the game as a Starbucks coffee mug or a laptop computer.

About 3 million people voted online to determine which landmarks from 22 cities would make it to Monopoly's "Here & Now" edition, which hits stores Thursday. The landmarks with the most votes earned the highest rent spaces on the board.

New York City's Times Square earned the coveted "Boardwalk" -- the most expensive property space. Boston's Fenway Park earned the "Park Place" spot.

Other landmarks that made it on the board include the White House, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Las Vegas Boulevard.

"We are thrilled that Pioneer Square has been incorporated into the new Monopoly game," said Katie Comer, manager of community development and marketing for the Pioneer Square Community Association, in a statement. Pioneer Square sits between the "Free Parking" spot and the Johnson Space Center in Houston on the new board.

The game also has newly appraised property values -- players landing on Times Square will pay $20 million rent, for example.

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Hi. I don't know where to start to find what I'm looking for, so I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone had any advice on where to go in Seattle for what I want.

What I want is--you know those shiny, full-cover cards people used to give out at clubs to advertise raves and other upcoming club nights? They were (and maybe still are, for that matter--I don't go out much anymore so it's been a long time since I've gotten one)--small, two-sided, full-color, and glossy, on medium-weight cardstock.

Here's the thing: I would need to have someone design the card for me--because all I have is an actual physical copy of my book, the cover of which I want reproduced on the card. I want to be able to hand these cards out to advertise my book, so they have to look eye-catching and have information on how to contact me for readings, etc.

So--where would I go, where I could bring my book in and talk to someone about the design of the cards and what information I want on them (in addition to the image of my book cover), where I could get it designed and printed--ideally, for Not Very Much Money?

Would Kinko's do something like this? I have no idea where to even start or how to ask for what I want. Is there an industry term for those rave cards, so at least I can ask for them correctly?

Any assistance from people who know more about local print-shop stuff than I do would be very, very appreciated.

Oh, and I live in Lower Queen Anne, so a downtown-ish location would be ideal. Thank you for reading this whole wordy post and for any advice you may have for me.
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