UPDATE: A few places are reporting that the “Nick Simmons” who showed up at a Facebook page called Calling for legal action against Nick Simmons for plagiarism of other workswas the real deal with a lot of obviously outrageous comments, but he was not.
Word broke yesterday via Live Journal that Nick Simmons, best known as the son of musician Gene, had been found to be stealing from the art of Tite Kubo (Bleach) in his Radical comic Incarnate. We’ve filched bug one example above…there are many more. That’s Kubo on the left, Simmons on the right. While we had previously praised Simmons’ for being a rare nerdlebrity who didn’t just write his comic, but actually drew it…perhaps that was not so much the case.
Rich J. was the first on the case and upon contacting Radical, they actually pulled the book:
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.
While this would make for a very embarrassing episode of Family Jewels, the general consensus is that Radical at least acted well once Simmon’s got caught. Johanna Draper Carlson has a thorough round up of reactions, including some who point out that swiping and scanlations are not so ethically separate as some would wish.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.