Nick Simmons, Douchebag Plagiarist, Responds to Allegations of Douchebag Plagiarism

By Rob Bricken in Anime, Comics
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:33 am
Last Thursday I posted an article about Nick Simmons, son of KISS bassist and noted horrible human being Gene Simmons, and how he was accused of plagiarizing art from popular manga like Bleach, One Piece, and even fan art in his comic Incarnate. At the end, I posted some comments from Nick Simmons that turned out to be a troll (a kind of awesome one, but a troll nonetheless), and several million of you noticed. Now Simmons has released his own official statement regarding the matter, and I figured it would only be fair, after my mean-spirited condemnation of his acts, to let him respond without my bitchy remarks. Nick Simmons's verified response is below in bold.

"Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire.
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"There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others.
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"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.
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"My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga.
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"This is the nature of the medium. 
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"I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. 

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"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." -- Nick Simmons


And there you have it. Obviously it was just a big misunderstanding. Thanks to Bleachness for the accompanying art.

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