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 The Biography Channel reality television show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. He has also performed voiceover work on Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken.
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. It was released August 1, 2009 but production was halted in February 2010 due to accusations of plagiarism. He responded to the accusations on March 1, 2010, claiming homage.
Accusations of plagiarism
Concerns arose in late February 2010 that Nick Simmons had plagiarized character designs, fight scenes, plot segments, dialogue, poses and expressions from both professional and amateur artists, from both several published manga, the most notable being Bleach, and from art communities such as DeviantArt.
Evelyn Dubocq, Senior Director of Public Relations at Viz Media, the American publisher of the Bleach manga, was quoted as saying, "We appreciate all our fans bringing this matter to our attention, and we are currently investigating this issue". Tite Kubo, the author of Bleach, one of the manga specifically named, made two Twitter posts on the situation; first to comment on the number of people outside of Japan commenting on the accusations and later to note that he is more disturbed by the fact that Gene Simmons' son is a comic creator than he is concerned any of his work was actually copied.
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 is resolved between all concerned parties.
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