Following Radical Publishing's decision to suspend the publication of Nick Simmons' "Incarnate" collection due to perceived similarities between his work and that of Tite Kubo's "Bleach" last week, the reality star has finally responded to allegations of plagiarism.

"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."

It's important to note, as pointed out by Comics Worth Reading, that Simmons doesn't admit to swiping in the statement. It's more of a lawyer-designed "I'm sorry you feel that way" graf that will likely continue to miff "Bleach" fans.In equally frustrating news, in my attempt to order an "Incarnate" t-shirt as a gag gift, it seems "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels" network A&E has removed it from its online store, along with the comics for purchase. Now what am I supposed to wear to SDCC?

[Via Robot 6]