Just Because Your Father Rocks and Rolls all Night and Parties Eh Ver Ree Day Doesn’t Give You the Right to Plagiarize the Mangas

Bleach vs. Incarnate

Dear Nick Simmons (son of legendary KISS rocker Gene Simmons),

If you are going to plagiarize something, don’t plagiarize one of the most popular shonen manga ever published. That’s just fucking dumb. If you’re gonna copy something because you’re a total lazy hack and can’t draw your own shit, copy something obscure that doesn’t have a gigantic rabid fan base of people who can discover your lazy treachery in a matter of seconds.

Sincerely,
Everyone who’s not a fucking moron.

So there’s this comic called Incarnate published by Radical Comics that’s written and penciled by Nick Simmons. Now there are a couple of other art credits on this book that give me pause like the art assists from this Studio IL. I wonder just how much of Nick’s penciling there is here or if he farmed it out to Studio IL to do the heavy lifting. In any case, his name is on the creator, writer, and penciler credits so he’s gonna get all of my vile hatred.

Listen, kid. You, of all people, should fucking well know better. There’s not a piece of KISS merchandise out there in the world that doesn’t have your father’s stamp of approval. You know why? Because your dad and Paul Stanly jealously guard the KISS brand so that everything with the KISS name on it meets their standards so that when fans buy something with the KISS name, they know it’s good shit. Your father built one of the most financially successful brands in rock history and he didn’t do it by stealing other people’s music. Take a lesson from your father, create your own shit, and then license the living fuck out of it. This is the worst possible way to start your comics career.

Radical Comics has responded to the allegations by pulling Incarnate and contacting the manga publishers of the plagiarized works in question. But the real heroes in this mess are the fans. Because of their devotion to the manga and their love for manga-ka Tite Kubo.

So all you young aspiring comic creators out there, please remember Wil Wheaton’s law. Don’t be a dick.

Source: Bleachness

  • FmF

    I honestly don’t have word for this.As a person who fallow comics and mangas this just dumbfound me on levels.I really don’t think he knew what bleach was and just Google action comics.Thought hay i never heard of it and no one else did ether.The nerd and artist in me is fighting to see who more pissed off.Nerd pissed over the fact a comic artist don’t know one of the most fallow comic in it genera is.Artist is pissed that he plagiarize at a job i would dorkgasum all over if i had it.After looking at the pictures I’m at the point did he even free hand it and why didn’t he just send a copy of bleach to the publisher then.Also got a Hellsing vibe there to.

  • http://www.angryzenmaster.com Jamie

    I think there’s another site that tracks all the Hellsing rips in this piece of garbage.

  • D-W

    I don’t know anything about the publishing industry but don’t they have people who make sure their “talent” aren’t cribbing work? I mean the art style and characters are such blantant rips that someone in their office should have raised a flag. I guess publishers don’t investigate the competition. At least Radical appears to be trying make amends. It would be interesting to see how all this plays out.

  • http://www.angryzenmaster.com Jamie

    I would have thought that, but apparently not. I guess there’s no such thing as a background check in the comics world.

  • FmF

    @D-W
    Normally for you to become a comic book artist you need to submit a large portfolio.Consisting of a good amount of paneled pages.Then you go in to a consideration stage.Which normally end in a no But if you get pass that your will get to do smaller titles till you build up rep.Then you go on to do larger titles.At this point they will know how legit you are as an artist.Some company’s have bin taking the Japanese approach like where you submit a one shot to get publish (for a contest or what ever) and you’ll might get picked to do a comic they like you to make or if you’re lucky a story of your own making.I believe Tokyo pop have a contest like this but some aren’t even doing this much of quality control.Some that trying to capitalize on manga popularity just hiring artist who can draw remotely well with out any large portfolio.This one probably come from that and him happening to be Gene’s Simmons son.

  • JenS

    Wow. I mean, I was just looking at the cover and I could already see ‘Hellsing’ being ripped off. Some of it’s just so damn blatant! I’m just gobsmacked at it. They damn well better be pulling this thing.

  • Tyler

    I’ve always said that a lot of the character design seen in anime and manga was pretty similar, but this is ridiculous. This is a pretty blatant case of “how can I slightly change a more popular character so no one will think they’re not mine.”

  • Ajanhelendam

    I think the sad reality is that stuff gets ripped off all the time, the question is how much can they get away with without licensing or being sued. Maybe they can just call it a coincidence?

    The best is all the press releases about Incarnate.

    http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080905-Incarnate.html
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=video&show_id=136071

    Apparently, he thinks his drawing (*cough* tracing) has gotten better in the past couple of years. He makes references to manga, but obviously no one specifically. He even states he created Incarnate so he wouldn’t be a freeloader… uh… okay.

    What is kind of surprising is that this comic seemed to have been pushed through the comic media channels and conventions since last Aug. That interview is at the comic-con that Tite Kubo went to in 2008. Seriously, what is wrong with these fucks (the reporters).

    PS – My Gawd! listening to the interview makes me sick, he’s completely complicit since he’s taking all the credit art, story, & concept plus all the bashing… what charlatans. Even Gene appears to be in on it given all the crap that comes spewing out of his mouth.

  • FmF

    http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/02/gene_simmons_kid_nick_is_a_comic_creator_a_doucheb.php
    First i cant find the direct quotes on the face book page.Mainly cause searching threw a social net work is pretty much my idea of what hell is like but if these are true.I don’t know what i can say about him.There no words i can udder to describe him.There need to be a new word for this behavior.Douche just not enough.

  • Kevin
  • Serra

    That facebook posting list is HILARIOUS.