Rock legend Gene Simmons' son in manga plagiarism storm
Anime News Network is reporting that American company Radical Publishing has ceased its distribution of comic "Incarnate" -- created by 21 year-old artist and musician Nick Simmons, son of KISS bassist Gene Simmons. The reason? Websites in the American otaku community have accused "Incarnate" of borrowing from Tite Kubo's ultra-popular manga title "Bleach."
Side-by-side analysis of the images can be seen here.
After receiving numerous messages from American fans, Kubo made a public statement about the uproar on his Twitter account. His first message expressed confusion over the affair, but his second message cut to the heart of the matter (our translation): "More than whether his comic looks like mine, I'm intrigued by the fact that Gene Simmons' son is a manga artist."
There's no official response from Nick Simmons as of yet (other than some Facebook messages of unknown authenticity) so the full story is yet to be heard.