Noted plagiarist Nick Simmons has denied accusations that he shamelessly ripped off Bleach and other works in his “Incarnate” comic, saying that he was merely “inspired” into an act of “homage.”

His publisher felt inspired to suspend sales of the comic.

His official statement weasels thus:

“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.”

Interestingly, he remarks on his DeviantArt profile that “If you steal my artwork, you will pay. In cash.”

Words which may yet come back to haunt him, though thankfully he has a millionaire father to fall back on for legal expenses or compensation, more than can be said for most of the works he inspiredly traced.


Meanwhile the publisher of Incarnate has suspended the comic:

“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.”

All Bleach author Tite Kubo has been drawn into saying so far is that he is “more interested in the fact that Gene Simmons’ son is writing comics than all this.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:23 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If he would of done this as a Internet Comic then it would of work for him if he started at the bottem like everyone else and said that this was a Bleach fan and then it would of flyed for him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    IRONICALLY, he remarks on his DeviantArt profile that “If you steal my artwork, you will pay. In cash.”


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOBODY expects the internet inquisition!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad no one see it that way. It's clearly plagiarism.

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    16:36 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes bleach did inspired him, inspire him to trace that is

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    Comment by Benskiman
    16:41 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe the publisher is more to blame than he is. I mean they should have never let this go through in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not trying to stick up for the guy however, I just found this article interesting. I think everyone should take a look at this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One such scene would be an homage. Multiple scenes makes it tracing by a talentless hack. Why the fuck do children of celebrities try to act like they have the level of talent of their parents in any chosen field that interests them?

    The worst part is that he can afford to hire a real artist to try to publish his story legitimately. He's got something he wants to make into a comic and his father has enough money that simply hiring an artist full time to draw his son's comic is easily done if he looks under the couch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go here for more shit on Nick Simmons: [ simmons]

    Check out what he said in is Facebook:

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    he has a lot of nerve. probably caused more boycott

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    Comment by Shuu
    12:18 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interestingly, he remarks on his DeviantArt profile that “If you steal my artwork, you will pay. In cash.”

    Talk about karma.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moron. There's a difference between "homage" and "outright tracing" of another work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    how shameless

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    Comment by Cashmoney9000
    11:47 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He calls it a homeage. The dude just flipped it over. If in bleach they were on the right side of the page, he put them on the left. And he changed his "Orihime"'s bang to the other side of her head. He's grimy, and got caught being grimy so he tried to lie. And then did it badly....

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    11:47 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh... I read the panel with the guy in the skull mask talking... Too damn wordy and too forced...

    Oh well... who cares about his "work" anymore.

    The only thing I had on my mind was the phrase "ZOMG LOL PLAJURISM". And that, I must add, is not mine. =)

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    Comment by Reichi
    12:29 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it were a homage, it'd be nearly the same style, and from one manga.
    Regardless of what he says, this is downright plagiarism.

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    12:50 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he REALLY wanted to rip someone off, he should have made a parody. No one gets in troiuble for that

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    amen to that.

    THAT is art? and THAT will be published? with THAT much crappy art? What the fuck were they thinking?

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    14:10 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Low standards on the part of the publishing company... Or maybe his daddy's name carries some kind of weight... I dunno.

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    Comment by Zophier
    12:59 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    simmons fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what pisses me off is this guy coul dhave used he money he paid to publish his chicken scratch/tracing to fly out to japan and get instructions from the pros( like most of us who draw our own shit would give our left nut for btw) great parenting gene! now we have to go detroit rock city on your kid and el directo is asshole with our love guns..thats a fuckin homage

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a faggot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SON I AM DISAPPOINT is wat i can see as epic > Nick Simmon the failed artist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    sheesh, i thought the hand thing was the only thing.but this is lame. its one thing to have a similar style or use a popular pose like the thumbs upor whatever. but if its all like this then its depressing, he needs to go become a history strongest disiple fan, as HARD work always surpasses talent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 10/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just die you dick simmon :D lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 21/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    simmons u should die ripping of manga just fkin piss me off "i was inspired" pfft yeah right u traced it than just changed there hair or color and ur millionaire dad i hope u guys go bankrupt and die

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 21/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    u are killing bleach and all the others and “If you steal my artwork, you will pay. In cash.”
    y dont u pay in cash maybe a check for 1mil from ur dad

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ctrl + v
    ctrl + c

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nick Simmons: “My Bleach Homage is Not Plagiarism”

    Lawyers: "Yes it is."

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can just see Gene Simmons....

    Son, I am disappoint. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course it's not...really....who are you kidding?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only if he knows what is he talking about, then I am pretty sure the world would be a better place to live in.

    21:09 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, tbh I used to trace stuffs like him too...

    ..back when I was 7.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nick Simmons: "My Bleach is Homo not plagiarism" <----fixed

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he was smart he could have called it a doujinshi and sold it at Comickit?????

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    Comment by Niwa
    10:44 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My two cents on this
    If he did it with Kubo's are literally inspiring him(no tracing) he'd get the benefit of the the doubt in my book

    but with the similarties being very obvious I will whole-heartedly say that this is plagiarism

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    Comment by Niwa
    12:45 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I misspelled art
    god dam typos >_O

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you gotta rip something off at least try to be original in some small way. there a huge difference between homage and having no talent!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ruin everything. Fat american steals it. Simmons feels this shame.

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    04:36 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He wished he could trace as good as this...ive seen his deviant art works and it looks worse than a 8 year olds drawing... he mostly likely asked daddy to pay ppl to help him redraw his favourite mangas

    rich plagiarist moron

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know about you guys but I'm loving this controversy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would be the same as Kubo, wtf Gene Simmons' son is drawing my comics books whoa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gene Simmons has a son?

    It's certainly possible, I just never noticed/heard/cared.

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    Comment by Esau
    08:29 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saw this a bit ago. Hadn't heard his response, though. Fucking despicable, and the pictures in even this very article don't show the mind-blowing amount of tracing this asshole's done. Calling all of it a homage when he plainly thieved another's work is fucking shitty. And this guy was at Comic-Con, praising his new work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “My Bleach Homage is Not Plagiarism”

    Yes, yes it is, very much so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what would be ironic, what if he never drew or traced any of it? Another Lulz.

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    08:16 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “If you steal my artwork, you will pay. In cash.”

    im not stealing your just paying homage

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah i hope he's going to get his ass sued to hell

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