This relates to yesterday’s post, in case you missed it.
Poor Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons, the internets’ most loathed comic book creator. He’s got people befouling his already-befouled name on Facebook now. Terrible business. According to Topless Robot, a voice purported to be Nick’s is saying terrible, stupid things like:
“Listen everyone… you’re all digging your own graves posting on this forum. Facebook is looking into suspending this page and issuing any warnings for slander against me. I can’t make this any clearer… I DID NOT STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK!! I may have appropriated some styles, but I did not steal. My work is full… of homages to everyone in my medium – not theft! You guys are just a bunch of mean spirited mouth-breathers – except all my fans on here who have rightfully supported me. I will ask Facebook not to press any charges against you if you give me a sincere apology here in this thread. Please do so. Facebook keeps all your IP addresses and info… so they will suspend your account if I do not receive proper apologies.”
• “Okay.. now looking at some of these photo comparisons, I can see why a few people are up-in-arms. I can tell you right now these are all purely coincidences. I never even heard of Bleach! Who would name a comic after laundry detergent? When I channel my energy when drawing my book sometimes I can pull stuff in that I never seen before. It’s like i’m possessed when I start thinking and drawing. Perhaps I just got on the same wave length that all artists share. My dad just called and said I have a real case against all this slander. If Facebook doesn’t give into my demands soon there’s going to be hell to pay. Now, I have to damage control on another site – more people being mislead. Now I have to deal with this and my book’s deadline. I’m not sure how I can think and draw under all this pressure.”
• “I have no idea how people are saying my comic looks like that bleach magma. My book is in color and the other is not. My book reads left to right… the other reads right to left. Besides some vague similarities,they’re nothing alike. I put my heart and soul into my book – great story and awesome characters… yet people are trying to pull me down. And NO… I didn’t trace or copy other peoples work. Most of these photos are starting to look like photoshop manipulations to make me look bad. You can’t trust everything you see on the Internet.”
I am going to assume those are from gene impostors. Nobody could be that dumb. Could they?
OK, no time for the usual blather, I have to burn a load of CDs for tonight’s DJ set before the rugby starts and my missus commandeers the PC. PAX!