Nick Simmons Does a Liefeld, Copies Bleach

So, you’re Nick Summons, son of aging celebrity Gene Simmons (one of the guys in the classic band KISS). You want to make it big in the comic world. That’s cool. You lack sufficient talent so you do it by plagiarizing from manga like Bleach and Hellsing. That’s not cool. And he thought that no one would notice?

Shit like this always amazes me. How do you think you can get away with ripping off something as popular as Bleach (with it’s rabid fanbase), ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU TRACE SOME OF THE FUCKING PAGES? The comic in question is called Incarnate, and deals with these immortal Revenant guys and their awesome regenerative abilities, and one of them who wishes to die and finds a socie – HE TRACED FUCKING BLEACH! (HAHAHAHA!) Here’s a gif of the tracing evidence:

Dear God, how did he think that no one would notice?

Thanks to the Livejournal guys here for pointing this out and starting the shitstorm. Go visit there for more lovely pictorial evidence of this bullshit. The cool thing? Thanks to their efforts, Viz (who owns the English rights) are aware of this and are investigating and Tite Kubo (the author of Bleach) is also aware (according to his Twitter, which I can’t read as it’s in Japanese, but the weird Google translate suggests that he does).

Some other shit he’s lifted from? Try Hellsing, Full Metal Alchemist, One Piece and a whole bunch of others.

Looking at this incident, I can’t help but think of Rob Liefeld and his awesome plagiarizing abilities (and general lack of talent). Thankfully this Liefeld wannabe has been caught early on. I hope his career ends before it starts, because bastards like this need to suffer dearly.

Update: Hey, looks like it was picked up by CNN’s iReport and his plagiarism even extends to devArt people

Update 2: Looks like publisher Radical has halted the comic!

When contacted Wednesday night for comment, Radical Publishing released the following statement: “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.”

Update 3: His official statement was released. Heh.

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