Humoresque is a single panel cartoon that casts a sharp and acerbic light on our society, everyday lives, and social customs. It uses absurd situations to show how ridiculous many of the “normal” things we take for granted really are.
Humoresque appears in many online and print publications, including OVI Magazine, Paper Darts Literary Arts Magazine, The Feathertale Review, Piano Professional, Clavier Companion, The Nth Degree, Defenestration Magazine, Genome Technology, The Jewish Press, Hardwood Floors, International Musician, Z Magazine, Teemings, The Indianapolis Star, Fanc-e-Mews, and Polite Company Magazine. They have also appeared internationally in textbooks, merchandise, and many educational presentations.
The title “Humoresque” comes from the musical genre of the same name, meaning a short, capricious composition.
Thanks for visiting my website! My name is Loren Fishman, and I’m a freelance cartoonist and creator of “Humoresque.” I hope you enjoy the cartoons here. I’m passionate about cartooning and its ability to communicate in our modern world.
From a very young age, I exhibited an aptitude for doodling aimlessly in school, and making inane remarks in social situations. Cartooning was inevitable. My cartoons first ran in The Minnesota Daily Newspaper in 2009, and have since been published in many online and print magazines. In addition to cartooning, I work as a classical pianist, and teach music as a university professor.
I offer professional cartoon and illustration services for all projects, large and small.
Some fellow cartoonists and artists have been curious about the tools I used to build this website. I’m happy to share that info here.
Humoresque Cartoons is built using the WordPress platform. This is free and easy to install through almost any hosting provider.
For hosting, I use Bluehost. They have great customer support, and I’ve never had any problems with site speed, malware, or hacking. I use the basic “blogger” WordPress hosting package which runs at about $30/month. For a long time, I hosted this site through FatCow which was a lot cheaper, but I had a lot of problems with the site inexplicably crashing or my files being infected by random spammers.
The framework of this site, which allows me to sell my cartoons online, is a combination of a WordPress theme called Stocky and a plugin called Easy Digital Downloads. Both of these tools are fantastic, and I highly recommend them for selling cartoons, artwork, photography, or any digital product.