The Benny Store

Created by John Pointer

Yesterday Was Weird started as a simple post that went viral and helped millions of people cope with the grief of a loss, and remember the love that lives on. It is now an illustrated hardcover book for anyone who has to face “weird days” of their own. If you would like me to write anything special in your book just send me a message and I’ll be happy to customize it for you, a friend, or a loved one. If you'd just like a plain book without a dedication or note, select "plain" from the dropdown menu and get $10 off. As you scroll through the other items in the store, there are still about 50 shirts available, but not in all designs, sizes, styles, or colors. Most of them are charcoal gray, but there are some in black and a couple left in baby blue. If you can’t seem to find what you want, email me and I’ll let you know if I have one. If you have any other questions just ask. Sincerely, John (AKA Benny's Person) [email protected]

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Ladies and gentlmen... we have a printout!
over 6 years 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 6 years 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...
almost 7 years 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 ( 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...
almost 7 years ago – Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 12:36:28 AM

Option 1! 

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.

"We gotcha, Benny. We gotcha."
"We gotcha, Benny. We gotcha."


I thought I was wrong... but I was wrong.
almost 7 years ago – Sun, Apr 09, 2017 at 11:51:49 PM

Sorry for the barrage of emails tonight. It turns out the updated version did send, but my browser lied.

The second message you got with the images was the correct one, with each one clearly labeled. 

Let's all converge over there and finalize the vote. Click here:

And if you'll join me in a moment of nostalgia... here's a photo a friend of mine just found of Benny and one of his favorite people when she was very little. 

Here's to sweet babies, good dogs, rich lives, and great memories.

"I love you so much..."
"I love you so much..."