Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Big Black Eye

"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."

Now this is a damn shame.

Welcome back to the PLANET GRIFFIN WEEKEND EDITION, and after seeing this, I don't know whether to hang my head or bust out laughing (Believe me, I've already done both after reading all of this, but hey...)

For those of you in the dark, the image above is a page from Radical Comics' latest series, INCARNATE, written and illustrated by NICK SIMMONS, son of legendary rocker GENE SIMMONS. The page is overlayed atop TITE KUBO's wildly popular BLEACH manga series from Japan. Now, clearly seeing where I'm going with this, the various communities; from Manga fansites to DeviantArt, are screaming foul at the very fact that Nick not only lifted panels directly from the Bleach creator, but translated dialogue as well!

After sifting through the blogsites like Robot6 and LiveJournal (where I lifted some of these images to illustrate what I'm talking about. Ha), I find it hilarious that he almost pulled it off! Radical loved Nick's pitch (or did they love the name attached to him? Hmmm), and they swooned over his designs , only to blow their tops when the fans revealed to the company that they had been hoodwinked. This is the kind of sad swiping that ultimately hurts ALL of us in the art community, no if's, and's, or but's about it.

In response to the damning evidence, Radical Publishing stopped production of Incarnate pending investigation of the 'accusations' of Nick plagiarizing Kubo's manga series, as well as other manga's like Hellsing, One Piece, and Vampire Hunter D... With Radical and A&E offering heavy promotional support of the series, you can imagine the big black eye the company has received in light of this. Don't get me wrong, 'homage swiping' has been around for decades, but not to the extent where you claim your talents directly off the backs of someone else's hard work... Sorry Nick, but your quick and easy path to the darkside has gotten you in seriously hot water, and now you've got to pay the full price of admission on this one.

Meanwhile, the underground continues to grind on.



4 comments:

Brian Miller said...

Crazy... this doesn't even toe the line of "artistically inspired". Its just blatant tracing!!

The hilarious thing is his DA gallery is filled with 'sketches' and those sketches look sooooo remedial compared to the works he traced. That means he could never do what he does without tracing.

Still - makes me wonder how the heck he got so far with the publishing deal without the company who published his work knowing. I mean, aren't they supposed to be all 'hip' on what's out there? And its not like he ripped from obscure titles - those are some heavy hitters he pulled from!

Mdoubble said...

Gosh, this guy is getting lit up on DA and elsewhere online. Starting to kind of feel sorry for him. Probably didn't know that his "easy" way out is très difficile. i hope he can atone for his mistake and start is art anew. it's the only way to make it up to the art community. He's going to have to show the shitty drawings and all to prove he is trying and making amends. All of the critiques I had to go(see, going) through as well as other artists, he is getting at once, 10-fold.

Myron
artninja.com

Mdoubble said...

Oh, Brian, I was wondering the same thing... What happened to editorial? Looks like Radical got caught with their pants down and Simmons with their tongue out :(

M /

Rodney Blackwell aka RodBuddah said...

Thanks for chiming in folks... I'm as bewildered as you are in all this. I guess in his attempts to use his famous name to elevate the genre, he wound up setting it back a few notches... Homage is now considered a dirty word thanks to this kid... Even better, he deflects blame away from himself DESPITE all of this...
Oh, I'm not done with one yet...