If you write books, you probably know about plagiarism and to make sure you don’t unintentionally “steal” words or plots from books you’ve read. Not being a comic book fan (although my son is), I had not thought about plagiarism in comic books. But apparently it happens. There’s a big hubbub going on now about a comic series called “Incarnate,” written by Nic Simmons (son of Gene Simmons). The claim is that Simmons stole from Tite Kubo’s best-selling manga, “Bleach.”
As with a lot of things in today’s world, the claims began on the Internet, on fan websites comparing the two works. Fans began to compare the panels, design, story and dialogue between the two. The outcry became so loud, Radical Publishing stopped releasing “Incarnate.”
What complicates the issue is that “swiping” has been accepted in the past. Artists/writers would take a panel or a bit of dialogue from someone else, then pay homage to the original. The problem is that this appears to be a case of taking without admitting.
If you’re interested in this, I’d recommend you read an article on Comic Book Resources which goes into detail about plagiarism and its history in comic books, plus it has panels from Tite Kubo’s “Bleach” and Nic Simmons’ “Incarnate” side by side for comparison.
Even if you not interested in comic books, it still reminds you of the recent rounds the book industry has had with plagiarism, including the much publicized Frey incident. What are your feelings on lifting from other books?
6 months ago