I get a kick out of the Leader’s political cartoonist, Bert Ring. Not only does Ring have a wicked sense of humor, his artistic skills are top-notch. Ring’s caricatures of Burbank City Council members are hilarious (and accurate). The expressions he gives these people absolutely tickle my funnybone.
I love his small details, for instance, the constant changes to the symbols on Councilman Jess Talamantes’ fire captain’s hat. Sometimes it’s a peace symbol, sometimes a question mark, one time it was the letter “T” (I’m assuming for Talamantes’ name) and in the May 4 edition it appeared to be the number 13. I have absolutely now idea why these various symbols are drawn on the hat, but I look for them and wonder what, if any, is their significance.
Also in the May 4 cartoon where Vice Mayor David Gordon attempts to seat himself in Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy’s chair, the background is a hodgepodge of squiggles and swirls playfully depicting the beautiful mural on the wall behind the council chamber’s dais.