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Nick Simmons (left) with his father, Gene Simmons, at San Diego Hard Rock Hotel, 2009
|Born||Nicholas Adam Tweed-Simmons
January 22, 1989
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation||Comic book creator, musician, television personality, voice over actor|
Simmons is the son of Israeli-American musician Gene Simmons from 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.
Simmons is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and is most notable as part of the cast of The Biography Channel reality television show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. He has also performed voiceover work on Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken.
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. It was released August 1, 2009. 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. Simmons responded to the accusations by stating that the similarities between the two works was intended by him as a homage, saying, "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." 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". 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. Production of Incarnate never resumed.
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