Publishing | The release of a statement Monday by Nick Simmons has done little to fend off widespread accusations that he plagiarized Bleach and other manga, as well as DeviantArt members, in his Radical Publishing miniseries Incarnate. If anything, the statement — characterized as a “non-apology apology” and “oil on a grease fire” — refocuses attention, and blame, on Simmons after much of the online discussion had branched off into debates about scanlations and fan works. (It also was noticed by The New York Times.) Tom Spurgeon’s humorous headline pretty much sums up the tone of Simmons’ two-paragraph remarks: “Plagiarist Apologizes For Being Awesome.”
Simon Jones, who writes a good post title, tackles some falsehoods that keep getting repeated in the debate. Gottsu-Iiyan, meanwhile, points to near-identical panels in Frank Miller’s Elektra Lives Again and Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita, and wonders whether there are double standards at play (last link via Brigid Alverson).
Legal | Warner Bros. has issued a statement regarding its decision to replace its outside counsel with superstar attorney Daniel Petrocelli in its litigation with the family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel: “Warner Bros. and DC Comics are grateful for the efforts of the Weissmann Wolff and Fross Zelnick firms in the Siegel litigation, including their important victory at the initial phase one trial of the case in May 2009, and we will continue to look to those firms for their counsel and guidance. As the case now transitions into a separate accounting phase, we are pleased to be augmenting our team with the addition of Dan Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers, who has had substantial success in copyright termination accountings, most notably in the Winnie the Pooh litigation.” [THR, Esq.]
Retailing | Retailer Christopher Butcher live-blogs his Previews order for April. [Comics212]
Creators | Christopher Irving profiles Scott McCloud for an article that touches upon Zot!, his influential books Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics, 24 Hour Comics Day and, of course, webomics. [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Bob Fingerman talks about his post-apocalyptic “speculative memoir” From the Ashes. [Suvudu]
Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his four-part interview with cartoonist James Sturm. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Comics | Robert McLaughlin looks at the most ridiculous costumes in superhero comics. [Den of Geek]