Comic Accused of Bleach Plagiarism; Publishers & Tite Kubo Speak

Topic started by gia on Feb. 25, 2010. Last post by SamJaz 4 years, 1 month ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Those of you who listened to the podcast yesterday already know about this, but for the rest of you: yesterday word started hitting Twitter that a Bleach Livejournal community was accusing comic creator Nick Simmons of plagiarism, claiming that his work Incarnate borrows character designs, fight choreography, and some panels directly from Tite Kubo's manga.  (The original source is a poster on GameFAQs, apparently; I first heard about it via Tanbishugi.)
 

I got in touch with Gianluca Glazer over at Radical Publishing, who sent me the following statement this morning, in which they say that they are halting production and distribution of the comic "until the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of all parties."

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.     


Bleach's North American publisher VIZ tweeted that they "have [their] team on it," but no further comment has been offered at this time. 
 
Meanwhile, fans spent some time trying to get Bleach creator Tite Kubo's attention via Twitter as well. His thoughts, spread over two tweets:

"Last night until this morning, I got a ton of "an American comic is copying Bleach!" messages from overseas fans! Looking at the site I don't speak English, but I saw something like "Gene Simmons' son Nick Simmons who draws manga-style comics." 

Honestly, more than whether they remble each other or not, I wonder that Gene Simmons' son is a mangaka..."

I've only posted a couple of the images here, but the LiveJournal post has several more, and there are even more in the comments. I'm no professional, but it doesn't look very good for Nick Simmons.  
  
That said, I'm not quite sure what might happen from here, though I imagine it's much more likely to get dealt with privately from here on out rather than a lawsuit or something of that nature. But this is rather poor timing for Radical: Incarnate, which is currently a 3-issue series, was due to be released in a collected hardcover format on March 12th. Depending on how well the comic has done, they may want to find a way to publish that book, especially since they've put in the effort of putting it together in the format. (At least the TPB isn't due out until October.) 
 
All in all, an unfortunate situation for everyone. That's what plagiarism gets you, kids! Now quit trying to plagiarize on the wiki.

Post by Morpheus (210 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Lol  
 
Personally I would be happy if someone was taking insparation from my work
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Morpheus said:
" Lol   Personally I would be happy if someone was taking insparation from my work "
err i don't think this is inspiration this look like tracing
Post by Morpheus (210 posts) See mini bio Level 5
@cfatalis said:
" @Morpheus said:
" Lol   Personally I would be happy if someone was taking insparation from my work "
err i don't think this is inspiration this look like tracing "

It's still inspiration. He had the inspiration to trace someone elses work xP
Post by GodLen (877 posts) See mini bio Level 10
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shit son, that is insane. He just made enemies with Kenpachi, that is not a good idea.
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Morpheus said:
" @cfatalis said:
" @Morpheus said:
" Lol   Personally I would be happy if someone was taking insparation from my work "
err i don't think this is inspiration this look like tracing "
It's still inspiration. He had the inspiration to trace someone elses work xP "
you sound like those comment on ED
Post by AtomoPanda (26 posts) See mini bio Level 6
@GodLen said:
"shit son, that is insane. He just made enemies with Kenpachi, that is not a good idea. "

Someones gonna get choped up! LOL
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,195 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@AtomoPanda said:
" @GodLen said:
"shit son, that is insane. He just made enemies with Kenpachi, that is not a good idea. "
Someones gonna get choped up! LOL "
Man that would be awesome. They should find the best Kenpachi cosplayer, give him a real sword and get him to kick down Nick Simmons door and tear him to shreds.
Post by Oneeyedjacks (46 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Last night when 4chan got wind of this they raided Nick Simmons deviantart page and spammed his comments section giving him all kinds of shit.  His DA page has gotten 28k hits since this story broke out yesterday.  See for yourself: 
http://letsleepinggodslie.deviantart.com/
Post by Rokujo (100 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@Oneeyedjacks said:

" Last night when 4chan got wind of this they raided Nick Simmons deviantart page and spammed his comments section giving him all kinds of shit.  His DA page has gotten 28k hits since this story broke out yesterday.  See for yourself:  http://letsleepinggodslie.deviantart.com/ "

I love the comment, 
"I suppose listing Kubo Tite and Hirano Kouta as your favorite artists would have made it too obvious." 
Post by Konanda (796 posts) See mini bio Level 17

Wow it's the comic version of the palette swap except with a different IP. Anyway looks like he's in quite a bit of trouble now. 

Post by Halberdierv2 (1,290 posts) See mini bio Level 17
man, he's gonna get it.
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
He traced *cough*.
Post by crusader8463 (739 posts) See mini bio Level 9
How does someone even think doing something like this is ok in this day and age?
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@crusader8463: I think I liked Simon's comment best at Icarus Publishing (NSFW): "If you’re going to trace, do so from an obscure source, not something that has sold over 50 million copies."
Post by taichokage (12,989 posts) See mini bio Level 20
what a rip off. inspiration is one thing but stealing is another.
Post by XChile (115 posts) See mini bio Level 4
.......when will people learn.
Post by InfiniteGeass (527 posts) See mini bio Level 12
This is pretty freaking messed up.  I wonder how on Earth he thought that he'd never get caught.
Post by CharkeeFarlee (26 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@GodLen said:
" shit son, that is insane. He just made enemies with Kenpachi, that is not a good idea. "
This.
Post by rein (5,465 posts) See mini bio Level 15
i don't see the similarity.
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