I believe many of you might have already saw the news about the Nick Simmons incidents involving his comicbook Incarnate, and the popular manga Bleach.
If not here's a good place to start[link]
Here's my thoughts, personally I am so disappointed that someone who call himself an artist and somemore a son of an artist( I consider singers as artists too) do such a disgraceful thing. And equally disappointing publishing house with all their in-house editors and art directors to that allow that to happen, and in the words of the publishing house president...
quote from [link]
Incarnate is a project that is very close to me, stated Radical Publishing President and Publisher Barry Levine. As a rock photographer, I have worked very closely with Gene Simmons and the members of KISS. Since Ive known him, Gene has always had a passion for comics and has passed that down to his son Nick. After seeing Nicks concept for Incarnate and the quality of his designs and panels, I immediately felt that this was a great fit for Radical.
I guess one shall be able to suspect some strings pulling were involved or someone is trying to play off the reputation of the other.
Further still, I read through a few comic reviews sites, and they disappoint me even more, for several of them actually fail to spot the similarities, and gave the book glowing reviews. Someone told me that those reviewers shallnt be blame for not being a fan of japanese manga and thus shall not be blame, but in my opinion, to be really unbias as a reviewer, one must set a side personal favorism and be at least knowledgeable in related field, for example Bleach is not some average and relatively unknown manga, it is one of the more famous one around.
I definitely take note of how this incident turn out, for it is definitely an important case for people working in the industry like us. (Who wants another rich kid going around tracing our hardwork and publishing it as theirs)
oh by the way, here's the dA page of guy in question
how ironical that he even had this line in his first journal
"If you steal my artwork, you will pay. In cash.
Spank you very much and good night."