Bleach Ripped Off by American Comic Artist Nick Simmons

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Bleach fans have been outraged to learn that the comic has apparently been the subject of shameless plagiarism in the American comic book “Incarnate” by Nick Simmons.

Nick Simmons, whose main claim to fame is being the son of elderly washed up celebrity Gene Simmons, has attempted to launch a career as comic book artist with the release of his undead action comic “Incarnate,” but it seems the whole process was either too difficult or too much work, for readers soon spotted some rather striking similarities between his work and Bleach:

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Leaving aside the obvious ethical bankruptcy and legal suicide inherent in such actions, it seems incredible that anyone would think nobody would notice, particularly with a blockbuster manga like Bleach.

The “artist” apparently doesn’t restrict himself to Bleach, with other artists also suffering the same fate:

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Simmons is also alleged to be freely helping himself to scenes from Hellsing, Vampire Hunter D, NANA, Dogs, and others. He has yet to offer any comment on the matter.

There are currently some entertaining efforts to bring the wrath of Shueisha and VIZ (who hold the US rights to Bleach) down on both author and publisher; it seems his career as comic book writer may be a short lived one indeed.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The cops in the bottom pics also look like Jin-roh knock-offs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Omg sue this fagg makin bleach look bad!! fukking copypasta FTL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is.. stupidy easy to see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another bullshit artist like Yuki Suigetsu that plagarized Inoue Takehiko's Slam Dunk for that shitty Flower of Eden before.

    ...and being part of the Simmons clan does not exempt him from being called bullshit. He must be SATSUGAI'ed!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At first I'd say Greg Land is worse, then again, at least he drew some of his own stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anybody else see End of Evangelion on the 12th picture?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wondered what this was about, then I saw "Nick Simmons" and no further explanation was needed. It's not even like he's paying homage to certain manga scenes that you will see in stuff at times, either. They're complete fucking ripoffs, with the only difference often being palette swaps of characters. Hell, the art style changes depending on what he is ripping off in that particular drawing.

    Seriously, how has nobody noticed this before and not taken any sort of action? With how blatant it is, it shouldn't be that hard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There seems to be a few comments arguing whether bleach is really all that good, all im saying is he should go back to zombie powder

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, what an idiot...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are seriously stupid. Copying a popular manga art style that much. If you want to use the art, fine, but dont copy everything else like poses and shit.
    Also, to the dumbasses who hate America but are actually americans themselves and tell their bitch friends that they are actually part asian themselves and cry themselves to sleep wishing they were...get a fucking life. Everyone hates america cause we kick everyones ass and we're a free fucking country. And DA is full of legit people and little assholes like this guy that steal those peoples work. I hope he gets fucked in the ass while in prison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:21 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spoken like a typical amerifag

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 14/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm Brazzilian, and I dont like my country.
    You have nothing to do with what others think about their countries, accept it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    okay, first of all, I don't see why this is a big deal.
    Kubo was obviously inspired by the designs of this comic, however, we don't know for sure if the storyline was stolen or anything. You can make any two characters look alike if you have them in the same pose...
    though kenpachi and shinji have crazy resemblances to their counterparts.
    everyone is inspired by everybody. might as well get bleach and naruto in trouble for using DBZ as a main base for anime...
    has a second form, bankai/nine tailed fox, energy blasts, shunpo, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, you're just stupid. There's nothing else to be said here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was going to make the point that it may be an instance(s) of a "shout out" rather than plagirism, but this is clearly just a rip off festival.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope this guy gets sued. I hope this guy gets sued so hard that it gets national media attention and not only exposes him and his publishers for allowing this to go on, but brings more attention to Bleach and other worthy manga.

    He thinks being American and Kubo being Japanese means he's safe? Keep dreaming. Maybe Daddy will have enough money to settle the millions of dollars settlement this better wind up in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man he really has no shame does he? nor brain for that matter (how can you plagiarize one of the most read mangas?)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He should have stuck to making exercise videos like his dad, LOSER. LOL!!!

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    Comment by Fonzer
    22:00 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    pic 12 pose is kinda acceptable by all the differences,but that finger pose was just fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, at least he didn't name it Blitch.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    22:54 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    or bitch harharharhar

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF ?!?!?!? lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Definitely get sued back and get smack hard

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The very least is Kubo Tite has claimed he has admired Dragon Ball and stuffs like that. And I wouldn't say Kubo did plagiarised. Just look at the games/media/collectibles for Bleach. It's just damn original. Bankai/shikai/gotei 13/zero division/arrancars/shinigamis are his own content. It is really a masterpiece. Regardless the possible similiarieties.

    Look back into "Incarnate" it has like? OMFGWTFBBQ 50-60% copies. So let's just say those successful ones had their ways =) And it makes their manga top notch/godly masterpiece *as repeated*

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    Comment by azurelite
    14:53 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    more pics here

    http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/446299.html

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, guys! Please join this page in support of our favorite artists who have been victimized by this act of plagiarism.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Calling-for-legal-action-against-Nick-Simmons-for-plagiarism-of-other-works/10150099569020063

    We are looking for any side-by-side comparison images of dialogue, illustrations or character designs to be uploaded into a single album that can be easily accessed should the need to present evidence arise. Your help would be greatly appreciated, so please join and spread the word!

    ~dramaelfie

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not that we dont see things like that on a DAILY basis, and yet this gets uber attention~ XD

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    Comment by Myballz
    14:00 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He would of gotten away with it if just parody.Nick go back to art school man and make your own orginal characters or just stick to being a Fan artist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    America apparently sucks because a single teenager thought it would be nice to plagiarize a Japanese comic book.

    I love you guys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh... the plaid on the Grimjaw copy is just a tiled pattern. Apparently so called "comic artists" only need to use "copy | paste" and "fill" these days...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:14 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    otoyomegatari art made me cream my panties.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thing is, everybody copies off everybody but instead of calling it copying or plagiarism we call it inspiration... of course this only works when the difference amount more than the similarities. Though this guy really is just copying... i mean the artwork even looks like Kubo's. Oh and if you want to talk about plagiarism and the 'they' copied 'them' I would just like to say... Have you SEEN the shoujo manga/anime ideas?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:55 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone copies, no doubts. Every story and every pose has already been done countless times. There is nothing new under the sun with so many centuries of humanity behind us.

    But very few actually trace, line for line. That's where it goes wrong here. http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/446299.html

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:35 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Please. You call parallel lines, ink spillage, and lack of backgrounds nice art? Also, Kubo is quite guilty of plagiarism himself. The ending of the Ichigo/Ulquiorra fight was almost exactly like the Yusuke/Sensui fight in YuYu Hakusho."

    Kishimoto would then also be a plagiarist himself since he took the Spike vs Vincent on the train scene(cowboy Bebop) & used it 4 the Naruto vs Neji fight. I think the statment here is Like the Vanilla Ice incedent where he took Queen's song under Pressure & made Ice Ice Baby & called if orginal. Kubo really didn't rip off YuYu Hakusho. But you think about in some small way they all ripped off DBZ. In Short if 1's a plagiarist then all are plagiarists

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 25/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sue him?? aint it copyright infrengment or w/e? its so fucking lame that they copy from jp stuff

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    Comment by shikakucomplex
    05:24 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comerican qualityw

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ugh MORON you can tell his art teachers were shit cause the FIRST thing they drill in your head in art school is Plagiarize and you are DONE the idea begin if it's second nature not to my the time you graduate then you won't do it when it could mean being sued

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bleach is one of the best mangas that i ever read... the story and the concept is very good...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're kidding, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    que asco como no tienes imaginacion solo te gusta copiar y hacerlo a lo chafa pero no me extrañana ge gente de tu pais hacer eso

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    HOLY S***,HE EVEN COPIED THE BACKGROUNDS!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Similar once or twice,acceptable.
    Original work that look like the original,still acceptable.
    This guy...shitful of crap.I'd say him trying to claim all his plagiarism as homage is totally BS.No F&%@in homage takes whole images from the original to make your own.
    (plagiarism is as a fact,a crime when the quality of the work copied follows closely to the original AND becomes a crime when the person doing the copying know's the action is wrong but continues, and the act infringes the copyright of the original author if it is done for the same purpose as the original work copied is used for,in this case for sales...thank you law studies)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bleach is ghey

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, I like how the plagiarized Bleach pages aren't even out for sale yet. So that makes him a pirate and a plagiarizer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 28/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nigguhh needs to die.
    Plagiarism is just gay. Where's the originality nowadays!?
    Yes yes, even though Kubo plagiarized a bit, it wasn't as much as 'this' douchebag's one... deary me...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 28/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WOW THE PLAGIARISED STUFF LOOKS MORE INTERESTING THAN BLEACH!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 28/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ive read both pieces from this incarnation and its damn good, Ever heard the phrase "great Artists Steal" that what happend here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    coulda made his "own" manga

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    Comment by cosplaypupil
    23:43 21/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say we just don't buy his comics, and just whine about him and yea, he his art's not exactly that great, I seen better from throwing a squirrel into paint and see it running across a white floor. (I did do that and we got a rainbow squirrel running around now)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 21/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hope he dies he fked the art up so badly and he left alot of the original up there even if u were stupid u would see the resemblance

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Many americains are fat stupid boy pedo-tenga-fap.

    It is no surprise...








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