Nick Simmons

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Nick Simmons
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Nick Simmons (left) with his father, Gene Simmons, in 2009
BornNicholas Adam Tweed-Simmons
(1989-01-22) January 22, 1989 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationComic book creator, writer, musician, reality television personality, voice-over actor
Years active2005–present

Nicholas Adam Tweed-Simmons is an American writer, musician, reality television personality and voice-over actor. The son of musician Gene Simmons, he is best known for starring in the A&E reality television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels from 2006 to 2012. He wrote and created the limited comic book series Incarnate, which was published by Radical Comics in 2009. As of 2017, Simmons works as a writer for The Huffington Post.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Simmons is the son of Israeli-born musician Gene Simmons from the rock band Kiss and Canadian actress/model Shannon Tweed. He has a sister named Sophie who is three years younger. He attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California and graduated in 2011 with a degree in English Literature.[2]

Career[edit]

Simmons is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and is most notable as part of the cast of A&E reality television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels from 2006 to 2012.[2][3] He has also performed voice-over work on Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken.[4]

He has also branched out into writing, most notably for comic books. He contributed a story for the comic book anthology, Gene Simmons House of Horrors, the first issue of which was released in July 2007. At the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2009, Radical Comics presented a special preview edition of Simmons's own comic book, Incarnate, from the Simmons Comics Group.[5] It was released August 1, 2009.[6]

In February 2010, accusations arose that Simmons had plagiarized character designs, fight scenes, plot segments, dialogue, poses, and expressions from both professional and amateur artists, from several published manga, the most notable being Bleach, and from art communities such as DeviantArt.[7][8] Simmons responded to the accusations by stating that the similarities between the two works was intended by him as an homage:

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 to (sic) far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all manga.[9]

Evelyn Dubocq, Senior Director of Public Relations at Viz Media, the American publisher of Bleach, stated, "We appreciate all our fans bringing this matter to our attention, and we are currently investigating this issue".[8] On February 25, 2010, the publisher of Incarnate, Radical Comics, announced on its official blog that it would be halting distribution and production of Incarnate until the matter was resolved between all concerned parties.[10] Production of Incarnate never resumed.[11]

Simmons contributed vocals to "Hand of The King", a song from former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick's 2010 solo album BK3.[12]

As of 2017, Simmons works as a writer for The Huffington Post.[1] He appeared on the Thursday, March 9, 2017 episode of the Comedy Central television show @Midnight.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nick Simmons". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Gene Simmons Family Jewels Cast". tv.com. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Gene Simmons Family Jewels". A&E. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Nick Simmons' Voiceover Credits". Official Website for Robot Chicken. Archived from the original on 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  5. ^ "Nick Simmons' Incarnate (Skullduggery)". Retrieved July 22, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Alex (July 23, 2009). "Nick Simmons: Bringing the Revenants to Life". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  7. ^ Melrose, Kevin (February 25, 2010). "Radical Halts Nick Simmons' Incarnate amid Claims of Plagiarism". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Nick Simmons' Incarnate Halted Over Alleged Bleach Plagiarism (Updated)". Anime News Network. February 25, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  9. ^ Gustines, George Gene (March 1, 2010). "Comic Book Creator Accused of Plagiarism". The New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  10. ^ "Radical's response in regards to Incarnate". RadicalComics.com. February 25, 2010. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  11. ^ "Incarnate". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Hear Nick Simmons Sing on Bruce Kulick's Latest Single". A&E News. A&E Television Networks, LLC. 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  13. ^ "@midnight with Chris Hardwick - Season 4, Ep. 74 - Extended - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Uncensored - Full Episode". Comedy Central. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017.

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