News Prism Yuri Manga Put on Hold Due to Similiarities to Photos
posted on 2012-06-01 21:51 EDT
The website for Houbunsha's Tsubomi manga magazine has issued a notice stating that Show Higashiyama's yuri manga Prism will be placed on hiatus while the magazine's editorial department investigates similarities that have surfaced between sections of certain drawings from the series and photographs found online.
When anonymously confronted on Twitter with the images (such as the one seen at left), Higashiyama replied (contains not-safe-for-work images) that the photos in question were indeed used by him as reference material, but that he did not trace over the images as was suggested. While the photo at left is from a wallpaper posted on the title's Houbunsha website, a panel from the manga itself (link not safe for work), as well as a previous manga cover by Higashiyama have also been called into question.
Prism runs irregularly in Houbunsha's Tsubomi yuri magazine, and its first collected volume was released in April.
Other artists involved in cases of alleged tracing or allegedly infringing use of copyrighted photographs include Dashi Master's Naotsugu Matsueda, as well as Embracing Love's Youka Nitta, and Takehiko Inoue over panels from his Slam Dunk.