2/25/2010: Bleach Incarnate
Written by Cindy Yamauchi   

bleachincarnateWhen I initially saw a sample of Nick Simmons' Incarnate comic artwork that plagiarism charges had been leveled towards, I couldn't figure out why he would choose such a generic shot to plagiarize (assuming he really was doing that). I mean, the panel consisted of some oldish guy laughing, which I'm sure he could've drawn on his own without any help from Bleach or any other manga for that matter. It is so common that I'm probably guilty of drawing something similar to that at some point in my career, even though I've hardly ever read or watched Bleach. Frankly, I am not aware of any living artist who is so original and mind-blowingly unique that no one has ever set eyes on that particular type of artwork in the recorded history of art. We all are influenced by something and someone, and we develop our own form of expression as we absorb the information and transform it into something we call our own. Anyway, I felt that the sample was too generic to call plagiarism. After all, plagiarism is a serious allegation that could break an artist's career, and one should not carelessly accuse another of ripping off someone's work. Innocent until proven guilty, right?

Later, I saw quite a lot of examples of his comic compared to the Bleach manga, and I realized that Mr. Simmons has a lot of explaining to do. Being influenced by someone you respect and ripping off their work for financial gain are two very different things. I'm sure we're all anxious to hear Nick Simmons' side of story as this matter is investigated.