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Manga Plagiarism?
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Posted 10/6/11

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Posted 10/7/11
Okay some of these comparisons are just stupid.
And LOL @ the obvious ones. Did they really think they won't get caught?

But to be honest, Nick Simmons' was the worst.

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SO PUT IT ON ME, LETS REMOVE THE SPACE BETWEEN ME AND YOU.

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Posted 10/7/11
To be fair, even outside of manga, so many story ideas have been re-used so many times that it wouldn't be surprising if there was plagiarism. Also, there are times ideas are "unknowingly" plagiarized.
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Too many of these examples are pushing too hard in trying to declare one copying the other. Not all examples presented can be credited as copying. There are indeed some however that aren't subtle. If it's just a single frame that is copied, then it would be appropriate to admit the reasoning, and carry on. But if from start to finish its a copy and money is being made, then that is very unethical.

Similarities are inevitable. We are infinitely creating works of art, but there's a finite number of combinations of elements that can be called "good". And when similarity is deliberate but infrequent, don't make a problem out of that. That is a flattering act. As an artist, if someone copied a popular detail of mine, and it was a lesser portion of a whole, I'd be happy to witness another artist take so kindly to my work.
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Okay there's two thing I'd like to submit to this topic.

1. Plagiarism is terrible, I think if an artist copies another artists work (such as Nick Simmons) then they derserve punishment. This is because there are so many talented artists out there who deserve to be in the industry but because life sucks they have to struggle hard and they might not even get in regardless of how talented they are.

2.Regarding the magazine photos that the artists use for their drawings I find this acceptable to a certain extent. That's because some artists do collect magazines/newspapers and use them as reference guides as well as illustration reference guides. The photos the Slam Dunk artist "plagiarised" are fine, he used basketball photos to help him in his work about basketball players to capture the movements and expressions they genuinely use in the court. I think that is wise. The very last example the OP used is a tough one. Because I'm not sure if it's paying homage. The X-men comics have done this before. I have an issue with Bishop on the front cover and it looks just like a pose the terminator did in the film. I think that was paying homage (especially since he is from the future.)

@chrome_mist Yes, what Nick Simmons did was atrocious. He tried to get away with it by saying he was paying homage. That was complete utter bullshit.
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Posted 10/7/11
Some people have too much time to waste to find all those comparisons.
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Ngastolemyname wrote:

Some people have too much time to waste to find all those comparisons.


Well no, these pictures were obviously a result from multiple discoveries that ended up being compiled in various sites. No one sat there flicking through manga comparing one to another. I think it's a good thing to discover as well so it can deter people from being uncreative and lazy within the industry.
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But you consider the fact that there's thousands of thousands of manga out there, would you imply that every one of them has 100% original content?
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I believe that some of the pictures compare and contrast fashion photos with drawings from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. One of the things that makes Jojo's a unique series is its emphasis on fashion. Also, even if artist Hirohiko Araki took cues from images of real life fashion, at least he was referencing things outside of the realm of comics.

A lot of comparisons have been made regarding Hiro Mashima's major series (Rave, Fairy Tale), and comparing them with One Piece. Especially since One Piece began publication in 1997, and those two Mashima series began in 1999 and 2006. I really don't know if it's plagiarism. Could be the result of general sameness within the genre of young men's comics...
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I think some people think that One Piece and Fairy Tail are similar because both mangakas were influenced by Akira Toriyama but I don't buy it... both look very different from DBZ and other works from Akira(those that I've seen at least) but they look very similar to each other. It just doesn't add up. :/
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woowwwwwww i thought it was fake until now........
Posted 10/7/11
Some of them were a little stupid and don't really count as plagiarism. But Omg some of them were just outright plagiarism lol how did they not think they would be caught xD
Posted 10/7/11

chrome_mist wrote:

Okay some of these comparisons are just stupid.
And LOL @ the obvious ones. Did they really think they won't get caught?

But to be honest, Nick Simmons' was the worst.



Are you serious lmao
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Posted 10/8/11

OMGJEEPERS23 wrote:

Are you serious lmao


Great minds think alike.
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