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An illustrated version of "Yesterday was Weird..." Benny's viral post about his own death, and the love that conquered it.
An illustrated version of "Yesterday was Weird..." Benny's viral post about his own death, and the love that conquered it.
An illustrated version of "Yesterday was Weird..." Benny's viral post about his own death, and the love that conquered it.
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    1. Missing avatar

      Sue Heumann on August 7

      Hi John,
      I too don't remember receiving an email about the pdf download, but I did download the most recent draft today. Thank you, your work is quite impressive and well worth the wait.
      I certainly hope two of the photos of Benny will be included with the book, because they are so fantastic. The one in front of the I love you very much and one of you with Benny. They are the best and I really hope we'll get actual photos of you both included.
      There's one wording issue that jumped out at me, let's see, it's on Page 11 second paragraph, "I know he does" seemed disjointed and I wasn't sure what and who does... !

      You've done an excellent job on this and I can't wait to share it with my friends and family. Looking forward to the final, final book!

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      Constance Harrison
      Superbacker
      on August 5

      Chris Schulman, I couldn't remember if I got the PDF, either, so I went hunting - couldn't find any email from Backerkit about it, but there IS a digital download link in my Backerkit account, so I just now downloaded it. If you go to the "review details" page in Backerkit, you should see a digital download link there.

      John, FYI - I really can't remember if I got an email from Backerkit about the download - usually I would save that sort of email and I can't find one. But the link is in my Backerkit account. Hope that info helps!

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      Chris Schulman on August 5

      I just got your update #31; I never got the PDF of the book that you mentioned.

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      Jana Demetral on June 24

      Hey there! I just moved and need to change my address. Is it possible to do this? Thanks!

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      Howard Baugues on March 7, 2017

      I am OK with you making small tweaks to correct original errors. It will make the book look that much more professional.
      And if you could list my support as Howard & Virginia Baugues instead of just me, that would be great. Thanks for all your efforts John!

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      Rachel Tong on March 7, 2017

      Hi, I am a backer. May I honour my two dogs who are now in Rainbow Bridge with Benny. My two dogs were Totti and Foxy. Thanks.

      Rachel Tong

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      Deborah Banton on March 7, 2017

      So far everything I have seen is amazing.
      For me I would love for you to credit my own loved boxer who also has left us.. his name was Jaxon Banton Thank you so much. (We lost him around the time you lost your beloved Benny and your story so touched us and helped us get through such a difficult time) For your story I thank you from the bottom of my heart ...

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      Cindy McWhirter on March 7, 2017

      It's really coming together!! So excited for you!! Looking forward to getting the book!

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      Mary Sarah Bergh on March 7, 2017

      I, too, would like to honor my dogs in lieu of my name. How can I change that?

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      Melissa Mancini on March 7, 2017

      If we wanted to honor our dog(s) instead, how would we get you that information?

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      Shari Boyd on March 7, 2017

      Loved the mock up.... I thought about the pet name but as a rescuer - Ive lost too many and it wouldnt be right to pick one... they were all perfect and wonderful and lost their way when their bodies failed them due to a past I seldom knew... so - I'll just use my name and hope they all know its for them too... Im hoping they found Benny and took him under their wing

    12. Adi K Khalsa on March 7, 2017

      I would love to honor my dog Chance (instead of my name) who passed away due to cancer but I am not sure how to respond to your last comment to backers?

    13. John Pointer Creator on March 2, 2017

      Thank you! We're getting so close!

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      Mary on March 2, 2017

      John, it is wonderful. I loved looking at the images and re-reading this beloved story in book format. "Yesterday Was Weird" was beside my chair last winter and I think I read it daily as I tried to come to terms with the loss of my Doberman, Gracie. This will be a treasured addition to our library, and I can't wait to see the finished project! Congratulations!!!

    15. John Pointer Creator on November 28, 2016

      My plan is to add the appendix, "The Many Bennys," which will include the realistic drawings. I'm going to design it so that after the last scene, you'll turn the page and the real Benny will be looking back at you, then as you keep turning pages you'll see how many different people saw him in their own ways. I want it to read like a story or fairytale, then attach it to the real dog, then let it fly into a rainbow of different interpretations. I feel like that will be really moving and uplifting.

    16. Adi K Khalsa on November 28, 2016

      John
      Will you have actual photo's of Benny in his book? I love all of the current artwork but the realistic drawings and photo's create a different feel than the cartoon characters. I know it will be amazing when it is completed I was just looking forward to seeing the real side of Benny as well as the cartoon illustrations. I am looking forward to the finished product and I sure appreciate all of the updates and sharing the illustrations with us. I hope that all is going well and that you are finding time for yourself and your music. Take Care!

    17. John Pointer Creator on September 7, 2016

      I reached a point where I had to stop scheduling concerts so I could put my full attention on finishing it. I just finished my last on Saturday. I'm done tweaking the character and am working with the artist on the first few panels. Thank you for your patience. I want to get this out to everyone as soon as I can. It is now my full-time job. :)

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      Deborah Banton on September 7, 2016

      Just wondering where things stand on your book project ... I have been following with great anticipation and am so looking forward to the arrival of my book... but I haven't seen any recent updates as to the progress of the book or release date. I do hope all is well and would love to know how things are going. Your story so touched my heart as your situation was so very close to mine I to lost a beloved boxer in very much the same manner and your story helped me greatly. Again I do hope all is well and hope to be hearing from you soon and thank you

    19. John Pointer Creator on August 3, 2016

      @ Adi K Khalsa: absolutely! My plan is to add some pages after the story, showcasing the many versions of Benny that we've seen since he passed. I envision the story being a sweet sort of cartoon style, with Andrea Gianchiglia's "Benny Watches" drawing and Gretchen Blackburn's "Smiling Benny" as the first thing you see when you turn the page past the last, "I will never leave his side. He knows that."

      Then after that, we'll have all the different artists included like an appendix, with their illustrations and names. Then there will be a section for people to write their names, dates, and locations so that when the pay-it-forward books float around, everyone can see who'd read them before, and where.

    20. Adi K Khalsa on August 3, 2016

      Hello!
      I really liked some of the realistic art of Benny and hope that those will be included in the book as well. The cartoon characters are cool too. I just really like the variety of both. Is there any way that we will get pictures of Benny via a variety of artists or just the one you chose to illustrate Benny's book??

    21. Robin Brandon on June 1, 2016

      You know, I really think that one of the things Benny hoped for , was to bring more recognition to John's music. I just believe it is another way he is showing his love. As well as building a path between this side and the other. What a great dog is Benny, eh?

    22. Adi K Khalsa on May 31, 2016

      This is wonderful!
      I am so excited to share Benny's book and his story.
      What a wonderful way to honor such a sweet soul!
      XO

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      Kathy Hoaglin on May 29, 2016

      Knowing this is all happening, and that we are all honoring Benny's memory makes my heart happy. Keep at it John, we are all here rooting for you and yes, Benny is right at your side.

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      Jeanette Tibbits on May 28, 2016

      Congratulations John & Benny!

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      Dolores Ponce on May 28, 2016

      Good going, John and Benny. Can't wait to see the book. And thanks so much for sharing your great missing and great loving of your dear friend. You both have touched my heart and helped me process my own grief as I sent my boy, Lenny, to his next sweet adventure. Xs.

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      Bonney Bielen on May 28, 2016

      Congratulations John and Benny! I am so happy it's happening❤️❤️

    27. Tony Becker on May 28, 2016

      Congratulations, John! We're so happy for you and for Benny to share your love story in this physical form. We look forward to our books. We'll be home in Austin late July into early August and hope we can catch a show. Cheers, mate!

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      Nanna Bella on May 28, 2016

      Benny Benny it's all about to really happen for you, your person and for those people who's hearts you have captured throughout the world. I am so proud and privileged to be a part of this journey and I can't wait to share your book with my family and friends ( especially my BFF Amy) ��� Luv Nanna Bella

    29. Sarah Kern Grant on May 28, 2016

      So excited to get my copy and one for a friend who lost her best "Buddy". Benny's story really captures the loss of our beloved dogs....

    30. John Pointer Creator on May 27, 2016

      There are only about 20 hours left, and I am so excited with this sprint to the finish! The only thing that would make it better would be to reach down, scratch Benny's ears, and say, "Thanks, Buddy. You're amazing." But I think of him with a smile in my heart and am so glad to share this ride with you all. Your outpouring of love and support has been incredibly comforting to me and while Benny inspired the story, *you* have created the community, and I am honored to build this bridge from one side to the other with you.

      Please keep sharing the link to the campaign. I want this book to reach as many people as possible, and I think there is still a large number that just hasn't heard about it yet.

      Thank you!

    31. Caroline Bellamy on May 27, 2016

      Benny Benny Benny! Just look what you and your person have achieved...
      Fully funded in less than 14 hours and over DOUBLED... *!DOUBLED!* the initial target.
      Truly amazing what love can accomplish. And this is just the start, of a new and exciting path for you, your person and your now myriad followers. Here's to the journey, and love to you both xxx

    32. John Pointer Creator on May 13, 2016

      @ Laura Middlesworth: if you want to order extra copies, you can choose a higher level. There are options for w, 3, 4, 8, and 10 books at a time.

      If there's a demand, I'll create other levels with different numbers of books. Let me know how many you'd like if it's not covered already.

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      Laura Middlesworth on May 12, 2016

      Sorry, my texting from my phone..is awful!:) define try need new glasees:)

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      Laura Middlesworth on May 12, 2016

      Perhaps I a month lame..I can't find where to order the boik.want to order some for my Doctor pants man vet too! What am I missing ? :(

    35. John Pointer Creator on April 29, 2016

      @ Joanna schwartz: there's an option called "triple crown 2" I think, which is two books and a tee shirt. That should be perfect for you.

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      Donna Pointer on April 29, 2016

      The campaign runs until the end of May. You can still order your copy or more copies. Or make a different order to get the other goodies.

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      Joanna schwartz on April 29, 2016

      I have ordered a book ,but I would like to get a book for a 12 yr.old grandson and a shirt what do I do about them .....

    38. ElsieandHarry McFossil on April 29, 2016

      The day after the day before. Benny's Kickstarter. Fully funded. Yesterday was AMAZING!

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      Tonya Gallant on April 29, 2016

      I am so excited!! You've surpassed your goal!! That is incredibly awesome!! <3

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      Daniela Ward on April 28, 2016

      Thank you Benny and Benny's person for sharing your story!!! I'm very excited to back this project :) It is going to help so many of us understand our fur babies and help us through those heartbreaking times. Thank you!!!

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      Deanna Olivarez on April 28, 2016

      I think you are going to achieve this in less 12 hours! I hope it goes above and beyond all your hopes and dreams!

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      Mark Westphal on April 28, 2016

      So honored to be apart of this awesome project John and Benny. I think you got this. Looks like this project will be a big success. Congratulations!

    43. Wild About Music - Austin Texas on April 28, 2016

      Beautiful music John! Love your songs and your guitar too. I hope everyone gets to know you and your music too thru this journey. John is a gifted writer and musician with a heart of gold.

    44. ElsieandHarry McFossil on April 28, 2016

      Awesome! So privileged to be a part of this. Just brilliant. Go Benny and John <3 x

    45. Nicole Warr on April 28, 2016

      Thank you Benny's person for sharing the story of the love you and Benny shared, it's helped me so much. It had been a few months after my girl Morgaine crossed the Rainbow Bridge when I came across your page. After reading the story of Yesterday Was Weird I was in tears because it reminded me of before Morgaine crossed her eyes she looked into my eyes as I'm telling her I love her and she will always be in my heart.
      Thank you John !

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      Jeanette Tibbits on April 28, 2016

      Good luck John. Greetings from Perth, Western Australia.