News from our past: Reprinted Excerpts from January 1985 issue of Newswest.


News from our past.

How we got our Coat of Arms Logo.

Reprinted Excerpts from January 1985 issue of Newswest.

The West-End's Own Community Newspaper.
Volume 7-3 January 1985

[Photo Caption:] Pat McCourt prepares next month's comic strip with a little help from his friends. That's Cuthbert steadying the pen. - Photo by Cale Marshall.


West-end artist wins.

So... you think putting out a newspaper is a breeze. I mean, how difficult could it be – right? Wrong!! It's a very time-consuming, back-aching, eye-straining job. I have more respect now for those who put out dailies than I ever thought possible.

We have a winnah, folks. Twenty-three-year-old Pat McCourt is the graphic artist whose logo will grace Newswest's good name for now and millennia.

"Wow, what a thrill," He exclaimed before realizing he would be asked for additional artwork this issue. (McCourt is also the creator of our Red Pine Marten comic strip and the elegant drawings on the front page each month.)

Newswest's board of directors selected the logo from four entrees at December's meeting We wish to thank all entrants for participating and encourage you to submit pieces for publication. Thats how we got to know our editorial cartoonist, John Lewis, and Pat.

The hardest part of starting at any profession is making a name for yourself in it, particularly if you want to make animated films in a country that used to be noted for its animated films but isn't anymore because of so many National Film Board cutbacks. What to do! Make an animated film in support of fairness what?) animated films.

McCourt has been knee-deep in just films for the last six months. He generously pulled out drawings, oil paintings, hot dope sheets to introduce his rising star, Cuthbert Carbuncle. That's right Carbuncle.

"I like it" he insisted

[Photo Caption:] And here it is. . . Pat McCourt's winning logo.

The name for the fictitious red-head was the brainstorm of Kip Hardy, a musician McCourt shares his Richmond Road studio with. Hardy's band, More Surprises, currently enjoying fame at the Regal Begal on Bank Street, will provide the background music for the film, which is expected to be completed, well, whenever it's finished.

At six minutes and 30 frames per second - 6 more frames than most, that adds up to a lot of work and expense about K150 so far, not including camera rentals and time. Colleagues and teachers at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., where McCourt attended the three-year animation program, said it would be too expensive to make an animated film alone.

"They actually discourage it," he said.

McCourt believes there's a market for animation in advertising. There's so much more you can do with it than with live action, he said.

Any doubts Take a look at Walt Disney's productions. The best of them, Pinocchio, for one, in McCourt's opinion combine lash drawings of detailed accuracy and exaggeration.

McCourt works part-time during the day at Sunburst Ceramics, but eventually he'd like to make more animated feature-length films. Several watercolors for an outer space adventure have already been completed. He's also working on a video for More Surprises, and he'll continue to teach art classes at the station and develop Newswest's comic strip for as long as he wants.

[ED: underlined words to be verified against original clipping]
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