Bill Fortune is a cartoonist, artist, graphics designer, and history buff. After spending nearly 45 years in advertising as an Art Director/Creative Director, he spent the last 15 years on the corporate side of business. In March of 2014 he retired and moved to St. George, Utah.
Bill entered he Marine Corps in 1959 and was able to do some creative work with the Public Information Office after spending two years in the infantry. He began his advertising career after leaving the Marine Corps and studying at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and USC film courses in LA. During his career he has worked for national advertising agencies in Los Angeles and Orange County California.
In the past, his advertising work has won him national recognition such as an Andy, a Clio and a number of local advertising awards. After the loss of a son-in-law to a drunk driver Bill volunteered his talents to the MaDD organization and received national recognition for his posters and creating the designated driver program. But his first love is cartooning and he is always looking for opportunities to spend more time doing that.
The cartoon “Elder’s D & C” were originally created when our son Doug served his mission in Tampa Florida, and they were drawn and put in the bottom of our letters to him as he would write back with stories that inspired new concepts. Then years later Meridian Magazine put out a call for cartoons and I revised them to fit the computer format. We lost Doug 12 years ago and I do these today as a tribute to him. Elder “D” is a characterization of Doug, Elder “C” his first companion was named Carroll but I never knew what he looked like so I made him up. But the title is derived from their initials.
Bill and his wife Jocelyn are members of the Bloomington 2nd Ward, in St. George Utah.
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Elders D&C's New Year's Resolution
This has gone very, very wrong.
At least they'll have to open the door.
A little misunderstanding.
The real missionary challenge.
This might come up at companionship inventory...
So that's the secret...
Hadn't thought of that.
It had to be that one...
Haven't I seen you somewhere before?
New deacon, new condition.
Better than GPS.
Not a bad idea.
When worlds collide.
When making a choice isn't that hard.
There are good ideas and then there are...
I'm not seeing any open doors...
The struggle is real.
Best seat in the house.
Roots have to start somewhere...
Run over by technology...
It gets more complicated every day.
You have to draw a line somewhere.
Unfortunately, there won't be time to breathe.
There's really nothing we can do...
When every day is a buffet.
So that's what that means...
An exception to the rule?
What you don’t know can hurt!
Missionaries know what this means.
A creative solution.
At least he's determined...
I don't think this is what that means.
First Sunday of the month...
Trying to look at the positive.
How missionaries eat on holidays.
All part of the job.
When life gets ruff.
Not sure what to do with this.
It's an all new door approach for the digital age.
Dinner is ready!
I just don't see.
Sometimes you just have to adapt.
It is a bouncing baby boy...
Hopefully the lesson sticks.
...that you'll never forget.
Like groundhog's day, but different.
After struggling with cancer as a child, William Fortune's son…
Don't knock it 'til you try it.
This is the last time.
A wooly referral.
so it goes.
That's one way to do it.
Words of comfort.
Twas the night before Christmas...
Technology changes everything.
And you think you get full on Thanksgiving.
Think carefully before you answer.
To each their own.
But he does bear a striking resemblance to...
Places to eat, places to fuel up, answers to life's…
Elders 'D' and 'C' can't win 'em all.
Brainstorming session with Elders 'D' and 'C.'
Elders 'D' and 'C' are at it again.
Missionaries do have a lot of new technology available.
technology doesn't have a solution for everything.
Lehi did say.
All these choices.
Electronic missionaries might get big results.
What's an electronic equivalent?
Big idea. Small space.
New tools, new terms.
Is there a new way to measure rejection
Does a virtual door slam feel as bad?
If there is anything praiseworthy and virtual, we seek after…
Is this how it works?
It might work as long as your battery lasts.
Perhaps we should shorten them a bit?
Out for the count
What was the new age to serve a mission?
Let's give them another round of applause!
Let's give them another round of applause!
Clear the lines! It is time for the missionaries to…
We'll always have Instagram!
But it says if I forward this to 20 people…
I think I've got a hole in my armor!
Rise and shine!
Feels like the slowest day of the week!
Seek and ye shall find!
"I read it in a book once..."
And then we'll do 40!
Elders D&C: Winter Car Wash
It only hurts a bit.
Elders D&C are awaiting contact from home, but are surprised,…
The field is white and ready to?
Knock and it shall be opened to you
If a mission is good practice for marriage, I might…
The rain will fall on the just and the unjust-…
Quite a contrast.
Getting a big head.
Things worked out.
Fat and happy.
A bright idea.
What the elders teach...
Our willing elders.
And you thought the scriptures were heavy.
Is there time?
A missionary puts his fate in the hands of a…
Even testimonies are "enhanced" in this digital age.
Does this work?
The new face of technology
Does this count?
A new way to think about it.
What you can take and what you can't.
Anyone willing to substitute?
We can hold up with the best of them.
Can you count him?
The gift of tongues.
An elder's toothache.
Looking at the inevitable.
Tricks of the trade.
How can you tell?
It's a good trick if you can do it.
Did you hear correctly?
Hold on to that calendar.
Keeping the Sabbath Day holy.
A little inexperience goes a long way.
I don't know what happened.
Just when do you get to the downhill side?
Be prepared is not just the Scout's motto.
Jungle sounds abound.
Why does it always have to be the last house?
What sometimes happens to our best intentions.
Giving your right leg...
An attachment to wheels.
What happens to all the pounds of Cheerios consumed by…
A missionary challenge.
The elders and maturity.
Was this a good idea?
Another day, another referral.
Love that turkey.
Dogs and Elders don't mix.
Tracting with a hopeful heart.
Welcome to a new cartoonist to Meridian, drawing about the…