The story behind the cartoon Elder’s D & C began when my son Douglas Fortune served his mission in Tampa, FL in 1988. He would send home stories of his encounters with dogs, alligators, bike problems and such and I would turn them into cartoons and put them on the bottom of my letters back to him.
His initial was “D” and his first companion was named Carroll the “C” of Elders D & C. I based the character of Elder “D” on my son Doug and drew a characterization of him but I never knew what Carroll looked like so I made him up for contrast. About 16 years ago we lost Doug and when Meridian Magazine put out a call for cartoons I decided to revise the cartoon and send it to them. Mainly as a tribute to my son Doug. The cartoon has been appearing since 2011 and pretty much focuses on missionary work as I envisioned his experiences.
I am a cartoonist, artist, graphic designer, and history buff. After spending nearly 50 years in advertising as an Art Director/Creative Director, I spent the last 15 years working on the corporate side of business. In March of 2014 I retired and moved to St. George, Utah.
I joined the Marine Corps in 1959 and was able to do some creative work with the Public Information Office after spending two years in the infantry.
I began my advertising career after leaving the Marine Corps in 1963 and studying at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Golden Gate University, San Francisco and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. During this time I worked for national advertising agencies in Los Angeles and Orange County California doing ads, films, and TV commercials. I have received national recognition for my work in the industry, such as a New York Art Directors Club Andy, a Clio for my TV work, AAF Sweepstakes Award from my print campaign and a number of local advertising awards. After the loss of a son-in-law to a drunk driver I volunteered my talents and skills to the MaDD organization of Orange County and received national recognition for the posters I created. But my first love is cartooning and I’m always looking for opportunities to spend more time doing just that.
My wife and I are members of the Bloomington 2nd Ward and live in St. George Utah.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org