Simmons and Bleach

"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 too far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium."

"I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. And I am certainly sorry if anyone was offended or upset by what they perceive to be the similarity between my work and the work of artists that I admire and who inspire me." - Simmons statement regarding the alleged plagiarism of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga.

This statements was posted at Comics Worth Reading blog and the site has confirmed with Radical Publishing, the publisher of Incarnate, that the statement comes from Simmons.

Source: ANN