Nick Simmons: “My Bleach Homage is Not Plagiarism”

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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.

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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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  • Anonymous says:

    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.

  • 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.

  • DIE NICK DIE JUST DIE MAN UR ART SUKS
    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Anonymous says:

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

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    • Anonymous says:

      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

  • Anonymous says:

    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

  • Anonymous says:

    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.

  • TehBoringOne says:

    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. =)

  • Cashmoney9000 says:

    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….

  • Anonymous says:

    Who cares about small stuff like that. We will pirate it anyway. But then again it’s bleach and a rip-off. Not even worth pirating…. even less making a fuss about the whole affair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I dare say it wouldn’t be so bad if he was just using the same poses or panel setup…..or even drawing similar characters. But seriously? Tracing high profile manga in THIS day and age, and thinking you’ll get away with it, just proves he had to have been dropped on his head as a child.

  • Azure Xuchilbara says:

    If only he made all the characters into loli and shota in his comic, then we wouldn’t be complaining about the similarities and focusing on more important matters…

    Like how he’ll get away with 2D children killing one another~

  • Anonymous says:

    THIS IS TRASH . THIS ISN`T ART !!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS TRASH . MY ARTIST `s SOUL IS ANGRY WHEN SEE THIS . HOMAGE ? THIS IS JUST TRASH . NOT EVEN QUALIFIED AS DOUJINSHI . IT`S BETTER IF THE ANATOMY GOT WRONG BUT DRAW IN OWN STYLE . BUT ! THIS MANGA ISN`T WORTH . TRASH !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maybe he is one of those people who is counting on the general public or target demographic simply doesn’t know about bleach. Or at least not enough to make the connection.

    Problem is he picked TOO popular of a title to copy. If he had of picked something like Doomed Megalopolis, it might have been harder to detect?

  • "Tite Kubo, the author of Bleach, one of the mangas specifically named, has made a Twitter post twice on the situation, first to comment on the number of people outside of Japan commenting on the accusations and later to note that he is more concerned about the fact that Gene Simmons's son is a comic creator than he is in whether any of his work was actually copied"

    Via wikipedia.

    I lol'd

  • Anonymous says:

    Your not showing respect to a artist by tracing his work. Its the most disrepectful think you can do.

    If there is any justice in the world, this guy will end up having to pay for this shit. Either with cash or by a pound of flesh.

  • Anonymous says:

    so its not okay to draw similar image but it is okay to take the very same characters and make them have sex with underage children? IE doujins? Japan and all of its people are fucking stupid as fuck

  • Anonymous says:

    Let me be one of many to call this “homage” excuse bullshit.
    Also, him having a DeviantArt is hilarious, considering most of the people on that site do nothing but plagiarize most if not all their work.

  • Anonymous says:

    I get it, then I’ll download one of the homages to incarnate.

    You know the homages uploaded on rapidshare.

    Those are homages too right?

    Downloaded a KISS mp3 is not piracy, it’s an homage to KISS records ^_^.

  • 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.

  • Well…

    His statement is what caught my eye…

    (quote)
    “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.”

    When he actually said this on his FB page prior….

    (quote)
    “I never even heard of Bleach!” ~ “Who would name a comic after laundry detergent?”

    ~ which by the way, is no longer available now. – I knew this statement quote was worth saving…

    I have no further comment to add concerning this ~

    His actions, dual statements says it all, plus what the publisher did… the cessation of publication of his precious – “comic”

    Instant Karma!

  • Barbarian of Gor says:

    I actually taught myself drawing manga style from getting untranslated copies of “Shonen Ace” and drawing what I see directly. After a while I got a “Feel” for it and I’m pretty creative so I’m doing my own things.

    Now, this guy seems to be a “Hack” as far as a writer goes but a decent artist. I doubt he’s tracing, simply put because I know tracing and there are “Mistakes” it’s hard not to make tracing that he doesn’t and vice versa, that is distortions you never make tracing that you do otherwise. He’s a good artist and is indeed making “Homages” to a work he likes. I, too, can look at an image for a few minutes and sketch out what I see.

    Therefore, the worst he’s guilty of is;
    1. Accidental panel swiping, a by-product of being too inspired.
    -and-
    2. Being a “Hack” and needing some inspiration.

    Now, sadly, KISS is a mega-property so he can’t just “Mark Bode” and make a decent impact with his father’s work that he’s literally a “Heir” to. So he’s trying to hack out a living as a comics artist cause right now in AmeriKKKa even the “I got 4+ years of college massah” jobs suck syphilitic donkey dick—and some pathetic net trolls are trying to make an issue over some similarities…

    The only thing I’d give him any hassle on is even liking Bleach. I saw it on Cartoon Network a few years ago, or rather tried to watch a few episodes but couldn’t get into it. Just one of those rather horribly drawn “Shonen Jump” works that somehow get popular and translated when the on average MUCH better stuff from Shonen Ace is only rarely put to video/translated…

    Yes, I mean that. I’ve been dying to see an Anime (or translation) of Kykya, or the updated Knights of Ramune, and lots of other stuff, that I’d name but I can’t read Japanese…

    Here’s some examples of stuff they do-that at least have been animated

    Ghost Talker DayDream.
    King of Bandit Jing.
    Maken X – well, DreamCast game
    Eden’s BoWy
    Abenobashi
    Monster Collection – Dreamcast (Japan only…)
    CulDcept – Dreamcast (again Japan only)

    But I see things like Naruto getting wildly popular… At least “One Piece” has a wacky story that carries it.

    Frankly, Manga/Anime artists do “Tributes” to each other on a regular basis, and plenty of their stuff imitates past works that imitate past works that imitated American stuff. It’s the sincerest form of flattery and if copyright law/abuse gets any stricter we’ll have all “Fantasy” having to pay royalties and get permission from the Tolkien/Dunsany estate, all “Science Fiction” the Wells estate, horror from Arkham House and “heroic Fantasy” from “Conan Properties Inc.” and have NOTHING but “Corporate Drek”…

    So I am really pissed.

    Some trolls might have destroyed the career of the son of a guy I really admire over some “Growing Pains” all professional artists have on their first book. Any ‘flattery’ of “Bleach” should have been accepted with open arms, at worst a “Please put a link saying you like our books!” that’ll get some more customers for them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Shigure, 12:57, 13:18
      Way to feed the troll.
      No one can possibly be that stupid or blind to not notice the fallacies in their own long winded and completely erroneous argument. Ergo, troll troll is troll.

    • Anonymous says:

      hmmm, I still think that he should create original content – maybe the comic’s better than I’m giving credit for, but from all I’ve seen here (which is certainly not without bias) he’s basically lifted directly the works of superior artists.

      I can understand teaching yourself from mimicing – it’s a common learning method. However, I would be more sympathetic to this guy’s case if he used that to create his own style and content. He’s writing a story that’s highly derivative, and his art appears to be a little too “monkey see, monkey do.”
      Other artists may reference each other, but they form their own style that characterizes their work. This guy doesn’t have his own style and content yet, so I don’t think he has much place publishing things which are essentially other people’s work and claiming it’s his own, or an homage. An homage is a reference – this guy’s homages are carrying and composing his work, thus his work is merely an amalgamation of superior artist’s work. I think he could actually make a decent artist eventually… if he bothers to make unique content

      • Barbarian of Gor says:

        There are some well stocked local bookstores in my neighborhood and I was able to read both Simmon’s stuff and look through a few books of “Bleach”…

        IMO, Simmons is giving that Manga WAY undeserved flattery by his “Imitation” or whatever. Simmon’s work, though it is “AmeriManga – I wanna draw Jappy-Neeze style comix!!! Wai!!!” at least does have neat stories and characters. I actually liked reading it.

        On the other hand, I tried to get into “Bleach” -AGAIN… Couldn’t even keep concentration or really care about other characters. I should ask how many POUNDS of “Zip a Tone” speed lines they use… It’s just dumb character interaction that sets the stage for one ridiculous fight scene after another. It’s actually what people are starting to criticize the latest parts of Gunmm over, though that is still drawn with incredible art and a very deep multi-layered story.

        It really sucks. “Shonen Jump” is translated and I could do better than most of it, story and art. Yet it’s all in translated Mangas, Animes and I think “Bleach” has more chapters than the “Great One’s” (Jon Norman) books! “Shonen Ace” isn’t translated here, so I have to wait a LONG time for the cream of that crop (see above) to maybe be translated/animated. But the stories are far better and the art standard begins where it ends for Jump.

        Gawdz, look at my icon image. Do you think I’m hard to impress? Some things I do like deep, but mostly I like entertainment and can be not too judgmental. Especially if it’s good action and some babes in it. Think about early into the Conan movie with him reading some advanced philosophy, then they toss a slave girl into his cage and he goes “Woman! Wooommmaannnn!!!!” -actually that’s another character, but I think you get the point.

        As of the earlier stages of comment, I’d tried to watch a few episodes of Bleach -barf- then picked up thumbed through and put down faster than anal insertion gay sex “Bleach” manga. Simmon’s work, to be fair, I hadn’t heard of since this troll attack and only saw the “Comparison” shots which in their attack articles make him look like a blatant plagiarist.

        However—–And this is what I say:

        1. Bleach sucks pimply syphilitic donkey dick.
        2. If Simmons is guilty of anything, it’s liking that work.
        3. He does it far, FAR more justice than it deserves by his tribute – panel swiping – plagiarism than it deserves.
        4. He won’t cost single “Bleach” sale, but he might gain Bleach some new fans.
        5. IMO, on his art/story he’s a “Mark Bode” though his Dad’s a Metal Rock God, not an artist so there’s no direct way to compare. In more plain Engrish, he’s a “Hack” but hey, I like some hacks. However, at least I can READ, follow and to a point LIKE his work.
        5a. Even if he wasn’t the Son of the Almighty Tongue of Metal Rock, if I’d picked up his comics at the Hastings and sat down on a lunch break reading them, I’d have probably gone “Hmmm… Manga fan, nice art though imative, genre that Vampire Hunter D already made cliche, but OK story.” and given the recession I might not have bought the copies new, but if I saw them in the 1/2 cover get rid of them later I’d snatch ’em up in a second.
        6. The guys attacking it are rabid Japanophile Otaku – in the “Perfect Blue”/”Fallen Angel Rina” use of the term. They’d attack any “AmeriManga” artist for any reason, starting with “Imitation/plagiarism” then being “non-authentic” if or when they develop their own style. Yet at the same time, if some crazed right wing manga artist in Japan draws a manga celebrating the “Rape of Nanking” showing all the gory butchery, rape and mutilation, heroising the soldiers doing it they’d be all for it and raving against censors in Japan and AmeriKKKa trying to prevent it’s publication and stocking in bookstores. The only “Fair” part of you is where a while back (before I joined) you hounded out of the Manga field a “Goth Loli” artist who’d traced some doilies and such to surround the creepy Rozen Maiden-esque dolls…

        As I said, and outside this issue, I TRIED to get into Bleach, but just couldn’t gain any interest. Both a few years back on TV and in the bookstore. Just my personal impression of it and before this issue.

        • Barbarian of Gor says:

          It ain’t ’cause Simmons is the son of the tongue master.

          I did give this a “Fair shot”. I went to a local bookstore and read both. I was able to read “Incarnate” and while I certainly don’t rate it high, I was able to like the show.

          Bleach, I tried to watch the video when it was on cartoon network, and later in the bookstore. I. Just. Couldn’t. really. read. the. thing.

          And, btw, I’ve been really into manga since the mid 90s when I paid way too much to buy books I couldn’t read and tried to piece together the Japanese… Yes, IMO, it’s a real obscenity that “Shonen Jump” is put over here translated and “Shonen Ace” is not. The artwork for the latter in quality begins where it ends for the former. And, yes I know some people are rabid fanatics about Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, but I’ve never really got into them that much, though One Piece is watchable at least.

          As far as the artwork goes, not that I’m going to spend the time proving it, it looks like some of the Bleach heads actually “Scaled” it so it’d match his drawing. He didn’t trace, he drew and drew good, but just got too “Inspired”. The laughing guy one for instance is ‘stretched’ but then ‘shortened’, IMO anyways…

          But, no, I’ll agree he’s a “Hack” but IMO he should be forgiven, just encouraged to be more original. Sadly, this could actually ruin him, and it’s driven more by (IMO) Otaku hatred of AmeriManga artists (including American Otaku) than any need to protect Bleach from undeserved flattery.

          As far as allegations of “Racism” goes:

          1. I like Japanese Anime and Manga for the fact that at least in that culture it’s a respected form of art/communication. I do not, however, have any particular love or fondness for Japanese culture or history, though it does make very good stories. And, of course, the contribution to the martial arts and stuff like “Book of 5 rings” is absolutely brilliant!

          2. I occasionally play with the vernacular. “Engrish is vely eazy tu realn but vely hald tu spik.” That’s designed to be “Politically Incorrect” but not “Racist”. I’ve heard plenty of mockery of Americans and other “Foreign Devils” trying to speak their language, we sound “Bizarrely Demented”. But I don’t think less of anyone due to simple vernacular, English might be easy to mangle, but it’s easy to understand someone trying to speak it if they have the barest mastery.
          —Note that there is also an unfair standard. In Japan EVERY English speaking person is considered a teacher of English and expected to go out of their way to help refine a point. On the other hand, trying to get ’em to translate just a few pages of mangas in America, they run. Then again, maybe I should ask for other than the violent tentacle bondage Hentai… Just kidding;-)

          3. The “Nanking” incident is not pulled out of my leather lioncloth wearing butt. My condolences for your family’s experience, but I am NOT kidding.

          Every few years there seems to be a “Nanking Manga” scandal/shout-fest. It’s flip flop, on whether it depicts it as pro/con. The last major time, at least, the guy doing the manga was “Exposing” what Japan did in a negative way. Then the “Controversy” is him getting fired or at least his manga getting pulled after the first installment.

          In the past I’ve heard they’ve heroized everything, like graphically depicting the soldiers raping women and then impaling them in the vagina with a stick and they are the “Protagonists” who are laughing and the heroes doing it. These are usually self-published because the government gets pants-wetting scared when it outrages (rightly so!) China. So there’s a scream to suppress these while the usually ultra nationalist and also Nazi loving (like a character from Lum I think…) fanatics wave them in public and get violent if they have trouble getting them in Doujin conventions… And of course the ambassadors from China are foaming at the mouth with rage…

          Neither of these extremes have been translated into English ’cause on the former they are embarrassed and on the latter they are loony nationalist and hate us. But I’ve heard about it enough from seperate incidents, seperate news stories over the years to believe this is the case.

          So again my apologies if I have personally offended you, but I am NOT supportive of this, nor making a casual use of it.

          I really believe the next one will be a “Pro Rape of Nanking” (last one was anti-, the pendulum swings) manga within a year or so and this crowd here will largely support it. They’ll probably put up the “Scanslations” and they’ll all be typing “Fap. Fap. Fap.” and “oohhh. They showed her a real man with that bamboo spike!”

          And I’ll personally probably earn a -5.0 level rating even if I go KISS and instead of a long screed type: “And to think I call myself a barbarian…” in response to all of that…

        • Anonymous says:

          Why you are an idiot:

          -Bash bleach all you want, but you do realize you are trying to tear down Shounenshit, right?
          -I have also read Incarnate at my local comic store, and I know for a fact it and bleach have basically both the same plot and characters in all but name. So why you would like Incarnate and not Bleach (other than perhaps you hate/like them for nationality reasons) is beyond me.
          – I am also an artist, and I can tell that he threw off his lines when tracing on purpose so as to not exactly be copying. Fine way of covering his ass but, it was still obvious. I used to do it too, when tracing anime shit. About >10 years ago. In grade school.
          – “Accidental panel swiping” “I have not read bleach”[paraphrase] well now it all makes sense now doesn’t it? Why don’t you get to know both materials like me and see for yourself for reals this time?
          – “Gawdz, look at my icon image. Do you think I’m hard to impress?” No, and that’s the problem. I’d put your IQ at 2 digits. Barely. (Clearly if you are easy to impress, but still don’t like Bleach, then that affirms my theory about your racist/nationalist views against Japanese publications as stated in a previous point.)
          – God damn it you must be able to see that copying the lineart panel by panel, many times throughout the comic, is not considered an “homage”. An homage is a little reference, joke, or perhaps cameo (in your own style and artwork) to the original series. Taking someone else’s work and changing the dialogue, colors, and (sometimes) hair is not a cameo.
          -Also, your “OMG JAPANOPHILE OTAKUS I HAET U” argument is invalid; we’re complaining not as fans of bleach (I dislike it myself) but as people of principle. That is, don’t copy people’s shit and try to pass it off as homage when you have PUBLISHED IT.

          Lastly, as a Chinese immigrant who had grandparents who barely escaped Nanking and who lost friends there, FUCK YOU for even using that incident for your terrible argument. If I ever find you, you little shit, I’ll be sure to exact every type of japanese torture on you before I feed you to the grizzly bears.

      • Barbarian of Gor says:

        Slurp slurp slurp…
        “You RUINED the image of my Virgin Idol RINA!!! I won’t forgive you!!!”

        Rams dildo into tied up virgin idol singer girl viciously…

        Frankly, you rabid “Otaku” have to be put in your place… Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd. Nerd.

        Bleach should be flattered he (allegedly) copied their work. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

        I doubt it’ll hurt a single “Bleach” sale, but your nerdy rantings could actually hurt or train wreck his career in AmeriKKKaz sue happy KKKulture. Can’t believe anyone can even read Bleach, I just was at da bookstore and tried…gah! And, frankly, the Japanese “Stole” a lot from AmeriKKKa, jobs (before they moved to China and other places), the VCR (thanks to our big corporations) and a shit load of other stuff, notably cultural elements.

        In a more just world, Nick could do a “Mark Bode” and if he can’t sing that well do his own small press “KISS” comics, but they are a huge corporate issue so tons of top notched artists begging for a chance.

        Really, are you going to rave he’s a plagiarist additionally cause his character has a hand that’s obviously an “Amano” like plot motif? (teeth, presumably devours or at least bites stuff) Ever notice “D’s” sword? That image on it is a “Druillet” type of skull, an obvious tribute to that artist, is Amano a thief? Not likely.

  • Furude_Rika says:

    To be honest, I don’t mind him tracing from Bleach. There are people who don’t read mangas, but read graphic novels, and as long as they acknowledge that they have been influenced by Bleach(a page); more new manga fans…
    I hope they DO have a different story though…if they don’t then, -10.

      • Anonymous says:

        well yeah – it wouldn’t really work to have a chick who wasn’t a weak exposition-vehicle like Orihime in his own story because he would have to draw new expressions and other components – thus his character fulfills the exact same roles. His character’s role is Orihime’s.
        He’s limited solely to his source materials.

        Why he didn’t use Yoruichi instead, who is actually a unique character for the series (or at least a more likeable Tsunade) is beyond me.
        but then we’ve established he’s a moron by now, haven’t we?

        It’s kind of the graphic novel/devArt equivalent of a ransom note now I think of it…

  • Anonymous says:

    And Kubo didn’t even realize that Gene Simmons’ son wrote comics. Like everyone else before this.

    Who thinks he’ll refuse to press charges or something equally trollish? Keep in mind this is Kubo.

  • At some parts it even looks like he didn’t use his own line-art… What a lazy fart, he simply copied the raw image and added some colour…

    The only place left to publish his work would be China

  • >> 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.”

    Pretty much my feeling too.

  • RakkaKaze says:

    Overall I really don’t know what to say… although lol at the author saying “He’s writing a comic?”

    If you’re going to blatantly trace someone else’s work… and FANART based on that work…

    Wait what am I talking about don’t do it, it’s stupid and you’re going to get found out.
    If at any point you go popular, people are going to find out anyway, no matter how obscure it is… unless the target of plagiarism happens to have never heard of the internet nor ever had any of their material on it… then there is hope for you.

  • Anonymous says:

    “My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium.”

    …ha ha? What the hell is this guy spurting out. All I hear from him are carefully chosen words deep-throated down to him by his lawyer(s). If certain fundamental imagery is “common” to all manga then it’s sure as hell a surprise to see his work being SO COMMON in that respect whereas others who he directs as “…is common to all…” didn’t even get the limelight label: plagiarism. If at least, in the beginning, he could have quoted, credited, or implied in his work that Incarnate was a `fundamental’ [clone-]inspired art/story (where credit is needed[see vampire: the masquerade]). In the end, I could care less what happens to his crappy-ly-designed characters and artwork, but Tite Kubo definitely deserves credit where it is due especially if it wasn’t for the fans, this sad plagiarizing game could’ve cheated its way into the system.

    For all we know, this guy, who ever he is as I don’t really keep track of who is related to KISS or the artist KISS… just know that they’re famous, could’ve been smiling behind everyone’s back with a winning face until this cum on him.