The Blog Home of Paul Jamiol's Bikers are Animals

A place to talk about the books, the characters, art, motorcycles, riding or to check in to see what's going on with Paul and the critters.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Speaking of Belt Drive Betty...



Meet Freddy Flattail and Road Trip Rita. These two cool ridin' beavers are mascots for my good friend Belt Drive Betty. Her website, http://www.beltdrivebetty.com/ , is the place to go for anything and everything about the Canadian motorcycle community.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nice review...




We just got a very nice review from our favorite Canadian Belt Drive Betty... Check it out when you get a chance...
http://beltdrivebetty.blogspot.ca/2013/12/calling-all-moms-dads-and-grandparents.html

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Still time...




There's still time to get Bikers are Animals 4 - Working and Riding for that special little one. You can order from BikersareAnimals.com.

And the winner is...


Here is the winner of the East Coast Biker Magazine Biker Babies Contest. Her name is Jamelyn and she won signed copies especially to her of the 4 Bikers are Animal books. Congrats Jamelyn!

Nice review on BAA3!



We just got a really nice review on Bikers are Animals 3 - On the Road from Women on Wheels. https://www.womenonwheels.org/htmlitems/Mag-Article5.html Check it out when you get a chance.

Sorry...

Sorry about the lack of posts over the past couple of months. With the book out, we've been to the wall with marketing, etc. I have been updating the BAA Facebook page pretty regularly. If it's quiet over here, you can check out our goings on over there at https://www.facebook.com/PJBikersareAnimals.

I will try to do a better job updating this blog.

BTW, Lin and I got married in early November!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Between...

Between getting Book 4 out and my other work, I've been lax with this blog. That said, I've been updating the Bikers are Animals Facebook page regularly. To keep up with the latest posts, check out the page at http://www.facebook.com/PJBikersareAnimals and please "Like"...thanks, PJ

Friday, August 16, 2013

The new East Coast Biker Magazine ad...

The new East Coast Biker Magazine ad for the Biker Babies Photo contest...


When you start...

When you start a character, you have some idea who he or she is going to be...but the final often turns out a lot different...
nt than the first rough.
Over the weekend I was asked if I was going to do another book and will there be any new characters. My answer was, right now I just really want to get book 4 out first. That said, the answer is yeah, I can see at least two more but I'm not sure when, These are at least an 8-month commitment and I want to do some things before I jump into that again. As to new characters, here's the rough of some I like. Galup was the already a background character in book 3 and will again be in book 4. Ban-Tam was introduced in book 3 as a friend of the BAA crew. He's also in background of book 4. The others Jay-Doe, Chompster and Knuck are characters that I think are cool and will develop in next books.




Please let your friends know about Paul Jamiol's Bikers are Animals FB page and ask them to "Like" it when they stop by. We want to let as many out there as possible know about the Bikers are Animals series. https://www.facebook.com/PJBikersareAnimals 

These books are a way to put a positive spin on motorcycles and show youngsters how these riding critters love their motorcycles, love riding and love doing things together with their riding friends. Thanks big time...PJ

I'm often asked...



I'm often asked about the process of developing a character. Here's how the character Howlena starts as a rough, gets more and more refined and ends up as the final riding critter in full color.. It's a fun process to see them come to life. Considering that between the 4 books there are 26 riding characters, 16 young critters and 5 background characters, there's a little drawing time involved.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Road Trip Rita...




This is Road Trip Rita. While Rita isn't on of the Bikers are Animals crew, she is their very good friend from the North. Road Trip Rita is the mascot of Belt Drive Betty of the Busted Knuckle Chronicles. Right now Betty and Rita are on the "Belt Drive Betty 2013 Conga" which started June 18th and will end Sept. 16th.

Betty and Rita's trek across Canada will cover 10 provinces, 2 territories, 83 communities and on they'll be on the road for 26,000+ kilometres (16,000+ miles.) for a total of 91 days. Check out Rita and Betty's progress at http://www.beltdrivebetty.com/track-my-conga. Let's show them some support from their neighbor in the south.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back in 1991...

Back in 1991 I did a drawing on what I thought a future Indian would look like.



The new Indian Chief from Polaris Industries will be revealed at the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which runs August 3-11, 2013. I'm wondering how close to my idea it will be. One thing for certain is it'll be a belt drive. Mine has a drive shaft setup.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

East Coast Biker Magazine Biker Kid Photo Contest...




Norm Keller, publisher of East Coast Biker, came up with the idea to have a little contest in his magazine and Bikers are Animals 4 will be apart of it. Readers can submit a picture of their Biker Kid and those submissions will be posted in the magazine. 

A vote from readers on the Biker Kid submissions will take place in October issue after the release of Bikers are Animals 4. The Biker Kid with the most votes will get an autographed copy of Bikers are Animals 4 and poster of the book cover. All entrants will get a BAA 4 postcard addressed to their little entrant with a personal thanks from me for entering the East Coast Biker Magazine Biker Kid Photo contest.

To check out the first 2 submissions, click here to go to the July 1st issue to see the first entrant and click here to go the July 15th issue to see the second entrant.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Now that the book is finished a little something different...

After 8 months with the young BAA critters, their adults and bikes, it's time for a little something different. I did a couple of these calendars for Linda last year and will be doing them again for her.



After years of shooting chrome, paint and steel, it's a nice change to shoot things a lot softer and organic. It's a whole different ballgame for me with photography and it's super relaxing. It won't be long before we kick up marketing on the book so this is a nice little break in the action.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Big Thanks to...

Big thanks to Norm Keller of East Coast Biker magazine for letting his readers know about the Bikers are Animals 4 - Working and Riding October debut.



Norm's East Coast Biker is a popular web-based motorcycle magazine with contributors providing stories from states all over the east coast. Check it out at  www.eastcoastbiker.net

 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

To Press...

The finished book went out Fed Ex to the publisher late Friday. Now it's wait for proofs and if all goes well Bikers are Animals 4 - Working and Riding will be in our hands by October.

It was really strange waking up over the weekend and not have to draw the critters, Feel like they've gone for a ride and left me behind. So I'll be catching them on the flip side in October...Can't wait!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

It's done!...

After 8 months and almost 1,000 hours, BAA 4 is completed. Here's the back cover...

This has been one long ride for me and I'm glad to get that last line in. The next step is off to the printer (this week)...and then it's marketing time. The book should be in our hands by October (fingers crossed.)

P.S. There is a Safety page and a Thanks page from all the young critters as the last two pages. Lin put the Thanks page together which helped us big time meet our end-of-June deadline. She did a great job on it too!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The final...

 Maggie©

Here she is, the final young critter for the Bikers are Animals 4 - Working and Riding. Her name is Maggie and her dad is Slick the dresser riding elephant from Book one.