Yesterday Was Weird: The Death & Life of a Dog Named Benny.
Created by John Pointer
An illustrated version of "Yesterday was Weird..." Benny's viral post about his own death, and the love that conquered it.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Live Video Walk-through Tomorrow, Aug 6th
over 1 year ago
– Sat, Aug 05, 2017 at 01:21:06 AM
It's been a while and I just wanted to let you know where everything stands.
As you know, I printed the first physical copy of the book to see how it would look. There were a couple of tweaks to be made, but now the artwork and text are done. I had to create a publishing company (Pro Bene Publishing) and bought the ISBN (unique book ID number).
Next steps: I'm going to meet with the designers one more time to talk about paper stock, paper coating, and potentially desaturating the colors a little. As I've sat with it, I think it feels too vibrant for the mood of the story.
Because it's taken so long, I'm getting new printing quotes. Once I finalize the printer choice, they'll send their template for the designers to lay out the pages so that it'll all come out correctly when it's cut and assembled.
I'll do a live video walk-through tomorrow, August 6th, at noon Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4) so you can see how it all looks so far and talk about what's next. Send me your questions and I'll answer them in person.
Also, please let me know if you received the rough draft as a PDF. I sent it out through BackerKit in mid-June. If not, tell me and I'll email it directly to you. I'm going to send the final draft the same way, and want to make sure it's working.
Thanks again for your patience and support through this process. See you tomorrow!
Ladies and gentlmen... we have a printout!
over 1 year ago
– Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 10:29:39 PM
We still have to make a couple of tiny tweaks (adding ISBN number, UPC code, and one or two other details), but... feast your eyes!
When they gave me the first page as a test, my heart skipped a beat. If I had a tail, it would be wagging. I tried to record some video, but I just couldn't hold myself together. The show tonight will be real test of my abilities to channel feelings into music. Everything is as fresh as January 29th, 2016. It's equal parts beauty and heartbreak.
Thank you so much for your faith and support through this whole process.
Benny, we all love you buddy. ❤️
Another step closer!
over 1 year ago
– Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 06:23:29 PM
On Thursday I got the second revision of the layout. Here's where we are:
I created a punch list which should be the last one! It's just little things like "move this comma," "compress this sentence," and "let's add a blank page there..." In other words, we're really down to the minutiae.
We been in touch with a few printers for paper selection and new price quotes.
We will be meeting on the 23rd to (cross your fingers)... finalize everything!
that means... you may get your electronic copies as soon as that day!
I get nervous saying that because there have been so many little surprises. That's why I've always tried to lay things out as steps rather than dates, but at the very least, I will send you the iteration we have then, even if there's one or two small tweaks left!
Related: I took a hiatus from performing my solo concerts back in September so I could focus my energy on this. Although I wanted my "return" concert to be at the potluck/performance/packing party when we get the materials back from the printer, I got an offer to perform at Riverbend Centre in Austin on June 22nd, and I just couldn't refuse it.
We should know at that meeting on the 23rd what the actual printing timeline will look like and I will let you know as soon as I do. That means we can start planning the final steps: packing party and shipping!
This has been a huge learning process for me and has been humbling, to say the least. I have supported other projects that took a long time and I know it can be frustrating, especially when the creator's communication is not completely open. I really appreciate your support and patience, and I hope that you have felt like I'm doing my best not just to produce the book, but to keep you posted with honesty and transparency.
I am always here to answer questions if you have them.
Thank you so much.
One year ago today...
over 1 year ago
– Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:56:51 PM
One year ago today, we launched the Kickstarter to make Yesterday Was Weird into a book. It's amazing how the time has flown and if you watch the video again, you'll see exactly how little I knew about publishing.
It's taken much longer than I projected, but I've learned a lot along the way and have done my best to keep you posted and share the little victories as they happened.
Latest victory: the team at well done DESIGN (http://well-donedesign.com) has finished their first layout! We'll meet on Monday to polish some of the details - where to put line breaks in the text, whether we need any additional artwork, and what the timeline looks like for finally bringing this whole project out of the ether and into your hands!
I'm very happy with how this edition is turning out, but one thing I've decided is that it will be the only time I print it this way. I will look for a publisher to help from here on.
That's a bridge we'll cross later, but the takeaway is this: your version is going to be unique!
If you know anyone who would still like to order one, they can do it here until we're ready to print:
Thanks again for your patience and support along the way. It has been a healing process for me and I hope it continues to help others for a long time to come.
And the font will be...
over 1 year ago
– Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 12:36:28 AM
It got 198 votes, while option 2 got 106. I feel like the choice is clear enough we can make the call, push that domino, and watch the rest just fall into place! We will make sure the font is clear, the color combinations aren't challenging for the eyes, and the story shines through.
Please share the link with any friends who still might like to order a copy. We're getting soooooo close to the finish line!
Thank you all so much for weighing in, for your continued support, and for helping to make this happen.