Nick Simmons

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Nick Simmons
Nick Simmons Gene Simmons SD Hard Rock 2009.jpg
Nick Simmons (left) with his father, Gene Simmons, at San Diego Hard Rock Hotel, 2009
Born Nicholas Adam Tweed-Simmons
(1989-01-22) January 22, 1989 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Comic book creator, musician, television personality, voice over actor
Years active 2005–present

Nicholas Adam Tweed-Simmons is a reality television personality, and the son of musician Gene Simmons. He is best known for starring in the A&E network Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1]

Career[edit]

Simmons is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and is most notable as part of the cast of the The Biography Channel reality television show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.[1][2] He has also performed voiceover work on Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6][7] 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."[8] 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".[7] 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.[9] Production of Incarnate never resumed.[10]

Simmons contributed vocals to "Hand of The King", a song from Bruce Kulick's solo album BK3 that he also co-wrote.[11] Kulick had served as a guitarist for Kiss from 1984 to 1996.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gene Simmons Family Jewels
  2. ^ A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels website
  3. ^ "Nick Simmons' Voiceover Credits". Official Website for Robot Chicken. 
  4. ^ "Nick Simmons' Incarnate (Skullduggery)". Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Alex (July 23, 2009). "Nick Simmons: Bringing the Revenants to Life". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ Melrose, Kevin (February 25, 2010). "Radical Halts Nick Simmons' Incarnate amid Claims of Plagiarism". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Nick Simmons' Incarnate Halted Over Alleged Bleach Plagiarism (Updated)". Anime News Network. February 25, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ Gustines, George Gene (March 1, 2010). "Comic Book Creator Accused of Plagiarism". The New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ Radical Publishing (February 25, 2010). "Radical's response in regards to Incarnate". RadicalComics.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Incarnate". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.aetv.com/news/hear-nick-simmons-sing-on-bruce-kulick's-latest-single-531210

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