This is possibly great news, if a bit of a head scratcher: According to Steve Niles at Wondercon, Epitaph Records will start comic book distribution at some point in the near future. Bleeding Cool reports Niles as explaining,
We’re going to form a partnership because I have been living in fear for… how many years? I don’t know if you know, but comic books only have one distributor—Diamond. And if they go under? These guys saw the potential and that’s really what it’s about. When I see the shrinking number of comic sales I just see potential. People just don’t know comics are out there—how to find them. I grew up with spinner racks. You literally couldn’t avoid comics… I am really excited about this, [b]ecause what this means is we are finely going to get the chance to at least see. We are going to get a chance to get comics in front of the age group that 52-DC was trying to get. They decided they would shoot for what, 18-20? And they hit 35 year old male.
No specifics were apparently revealed, nor was the “we” defined – Is this Epitaph distributing all publishers, or just Niles’ publishers (which means, at this point, IDW and Dark Horse, I think…)? But there’s definitely potential here for great things. I can’t wait to find out more.