Last week, we reported that Radical Publishing had halted publication of its comic, INCARNATE, amidst accusations that its author, Nick Simmons, had plagiarized several Mangas, including BLEACH and VAMPIRE HUNTER D. A Live Journal community has posted side-by-side page comparisons to argue that the art has been swiped. Radical issued a press release commenting on the incident, and BLEACH’s creator Tite Kubo made an interesting comment about it on his Twitter account, stating…
"I'm more interested in the fact that Gene Simmons' son is a mangaka [manga-artist] than whether he's plagiarizing me or not."
Simmons himself hadn’t commented on this controversy until today. He’s issued his own statement to the Manga section of the website Comics Worth Reading.
And he states…
“Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire. There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. This was simply meant as an homage to artists I respect, and I definitely want to apologize to any Manga fans or fellow Manga artists who feel I went too far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium. I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. And I am certainly sorry if anyone was offended or upset by what they perceive to be the similarity between my work and the work of artists that I admire and who inspire me.”
I don’t think that this is the last we’ll be hearing about this situation. What do you think of Simmons’ statement, Comic Vine Community?
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.