Some of you have been following the Nick Simmons controversy. Long story short, Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons, drew a manga titled Incarnate for Radical Publishing. Three issues in, people began noticing that some panels and characters bore a striking resemblance to art in other comics. Comics like Sandman, Bleach, and even some amateur stuff on Deviantart.
And by ‘striking resemblance,’ I mean, ‘someone owns a lightbox.’
Internet drama ensued, until yesterday Mister Simmons ended it with an apology on Comics Worth Reading.
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. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium.
I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. 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.
Well, that settles it, doesn’t it? Nothing appeases a group of fans like a guy telling them that he’s sorry about how totally wrong they are.
I won’t echo the Comics Worth Reading sentiment about this. I’ll only note that the guy released the statement ‘through a representative’. I’m not sure what kind of representative doesn’t realize that this will make things worse. Maybe Simmons insisted. It would have been better if he had just hunkered down and waited for people to forget about all of this.
Well, better for some. I often enjoy a good internet pile-on, and if he keeps issuing statements like this, the fight could last for a while.