The West-End's Own Community Newspaper.
Volume 7-3 January 1985
[PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION]
NEWSWEST LOGO CONTEST
[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.
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?)
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
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]
Image of article