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:

Two more milestones!
over 1 year ago – Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:06:31 AM

Today is a big day!

First milestone: I fine-tuned the text over the past week and feel confident that I've got the final version! Everything I did was pretty minor. I just wanted to tighten up the flow a little and take out some of the unnecessary repetitions. But the milestone is: I'm happy with it and it's now finalized for print!

Second milestone, related to the first but forward-looking: Everything the designers need is now in their hands and they will start work on the layout this weekend!

I'm really excited to see what kind of magic they work on it. I'm also feeling a funny mixture of relief that I've done everything I can at this point and nervousness over... basically nothing. Maybe the future? I don't know. 

It helps to look at the bracelet my friends Eric and Maria gave me and remind myself, nervousness is wasted energy. Benny would just wag his tail and dive into whatever came next.

So that's what I'll do. Here's to the next steps, all of which bring us closer and closer to the finished book!

Thank you all for helping to make it happen.

Sincerely,
John
AKA Benny's Person

By the way, the backstory on this bracelet is beautiful. When Eric's father Barney passed, they made these for all their friends. Barney was an incredibly smart, worldly, successful, generous man, so I loved the reminder to follow his lead.

Eric and Maria have been very close friends for years and I even helped them choose a boxer, Roxie, after they fell in love with Benny. Barney was always impressed with Benny's obedience, especially the "place" command, where Benny would just sit in a chair until he was released.

Shortly after Benny's Weird Day, they had me over for dinner and in addition to just being fantastic, supportive friends, they gave me a small bag full of these. If you zoom in on any photo of me since then, you'll see this bracelet reminding me of both of those fantastic role models.

The Survey is Live!
almost 2 years ago – Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 11:09:29 PM

Fantastic news, everyone! As you may have seen, the survey is live! That means several things:

First and foremost, the illustrations are all done!

Some of the images...
Some of the images...

Thank you all *so much* for your patience. This took much longer than I'd anticipated, but I'm *really* happy with the outcome! I hope you will be, too!

Some of you have already filled out the survey and several people have asked me to remind you what the designs look like for the shirts and posters, so here they are:

The "Super B" design is nice and simple, and looks like this:

"Super B"
"Super B"

 The "B Team" design looks like this:

"The B Team"
"The B Team"

The "I Gotcha" design looks like this:

I Gotcha
I Gotcha

 One note: I'm still tweaking the colors for the background in this one, so the heart shape may wind up looking *slightly* different - I think I want it to look a little more vibrant and warm.

The large, screen-printed, gallery-quality print will be a large copy of the cover of the book, which will look very similar to the following design. Again... I may tweak the heart in the background to look more vibrant and the text will be in a different, custom-made font based on my handwriting:

Book Cover Mockup
Book Cover Mockup

Let me know if you have any issues at all with the surveys or with BackerKit. You can change your pledge rewards and add items, but you don't have to. If you were one of the original backers, you should only have to enter your address. Contact me immediately if you have a problem or question, though.

I can't believe we're so close! Thanks again for all your encouragement and support!

Sincerely,
John
AKA Benny's Person

Alert! I sent the wrong link. :-/
almost 2 years ago – Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 12:00:30 AM

I was so excited to have everything set up and ready to go... and I sent you the wrong link to complete your survey. I'm sorry.

Backerkit is still reviewing my work to make sure everything is set up properly (a good thing!) and when they approve everything, I'll send you the *correct* link to complete your backer survey.

Sorry for the confusion... especially mine!

Almost done!
almost 2 years ago – Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 10:04:44 PM

Don't worry buddy. I gotcha.
Don't worry buddy. I gotcha.

On January 28th, 2016, at 9:30 am Central Time in the U.S., I had to help Benny let go of his struggles and pain. As you know, I wrote Yesterday Was Weird in an attempt to cope with my grief and to explain what had happened to all of the people who loved that sweet little guy as much as I did. 

The post exploded, and suddenly Benny was everywhere. You all jumped in with me to make the post into a storybook nine months ago, and after many hurdles and slow going... while today will be sad for me, it also marks a milestone: the book is nearly finished!!!

Lucas is working on the last 4 images, including the cover. Alisa and her team at Well-Done Design (http://well-donedesign.com) are doing the layout, typesetting, and getting everything ready for printing.

Most importantly... I've set up the surveys for you to give me your most current information! There's a service called BackerKit which helps me work around the Kickstarter problem of only allowing one survey to be sent. Backerkit allows you to update your orders, your addresses, and any other information right up until the day we lock everything down for shipping!

Check it out. It *should* be ready to go *right now*!
https://yesterday-was-weird-the-death-and-life-of-a-dog-na.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

If you have any trouble, please let me know immediately.

Thanks again for all your patience! I'm letting other people pre-order copies of the book if they missed the Kickstarter, but your names will hold a place of honor in the printed book as Benny's Better Angels – the first to support and the most kind and patient group I've known in my life.

Thank you so much!

 

Happy Holidays!
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Jan 05, 2017 at 05:01:57 PM

Happy Holidays, everyone! I had really wanted to at least finish the PDF by now, but it just didn't happen. I still wanted to post at least a few of the images so you could share in the excitement and see how things are progressing.

So without further ado – and without too much explanation so that it can all stay fresh when the book comes out – here's a little sneak peek:

This is the opening image:

 Here's the second:

Here's the 6th:

 Here's the 7th:

And here's the 8th: 

I particularly love this one because it captures the love and gratitude Benny and I shared. 

I'll leave it at that for now. There are about 10 more images done already, with about 25 to go.

Thank you all. I can't express how grateful I am to you. This has all become an incredible gift, and I hope you are all blessed with such love and good fortune, too. It is truly amazing.