Nick Simmons Plagiarism Fail

February 26th, 2010 by Nile Flores Leave a reply »

Not surprising to see another celebrity’s child stir up legal troubles. This time it is Nick Simmons, son of the Kiss’s frontman Gene Simmons.

Who did Nick plagiarize? Fans were quick to point out the similarities between his graphic novel Incarnate and the well loved anime Bleach. Some of the pictures in the article Gene Simmons’ son Plagiarizing Bleach? by by karenai prove that this is no false accusation.

In fact, the anime fandom seems to be popping up with articles about this fiasco from LiveJournal and even DeviantART.

The similarities are so obvious. How did Radical Publishing fail to see this when Bleach is seen by millions every day. Radical’s response in regards to Incarnate on their Radical Publishing Official MySpace site‘s blog was:

We at Radical Publishing, Inc. and Radical Comics, Inc. are quite concerned to hear the news surrounding Nick Simmons’s Incarnate Comic Book. We are taking this matter seriously and making efforts now to contact the publishers of the works in question in an effort to resolve this matter. We have halted further production and distribution of the “Incarnate” comic book and trade paperback until the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. Rest assured that Radical is taking swift action regarding this matter and will continue in its efforts to maintain the integrity and protect the intellectual property of artists throughout the world whose creative works are the bedrock of our Company and the comic book industry.

This is actually re-published from their Radical Publishing official site’s blog.

This is not good for any company and there is no need to ‘investigate allegations’. This should be pulled from the shelves as it is a blatant plagiarism.

But who knows, some celebrities and their children only walk away with minor wounds to lick.

What are your thoughts?

  • I don't think I have seen much of Bleach, the anime, to this point.

    The general point about the celebrities and children of same getting away with things ...

    The closest I have come to this is with 'referencing'. The Family of Love (better known perhaps as The Children of God, and now known as the Family International) used this for various religious material: they would copy over/trace things that various artists did.

    And now that I have seen some of the examples ... Incarnate is trying to be more Bleach than Bleach, especially with the sore red eyes and the blue anime eyes.

    Very binshonen images?

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