21 year-old comic book creator Nick Simmons has issued a public statement regarding widespread accusations that his action/horror/comedy comic series Incarnate copies images and ideas from Tite Kubo’s manga series Bleach. Simmons states:
Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire. There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. 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.
Simmons statement has done little to calm the controversy or quell the outrage of the fan community.
Source: Anime News Network