A couple of people drew our attention to the following quote from Paul Levitz’s interview with Newsarama on DC going with Random House for their book distribution.
“There’s a combination of things that we think are important about this – one, it’s the first time that any of the major US book publishers will be handling any of the major American comic/graphic novel publishers. There’s a neat little alliance inherent in that.”
We hadn’t paid much attention to this at first, but when you call it out like that, it is a little…odd. Viz has been distributed by Simon and Shuster for years. Fantagraphics has a deal with Norton in place. Tokyopop is distributed by Harper Collins. In fact, DC was previously distributed by Warner Books — a major US book publisher. While it is true that Random House is #1 and the deal should yield great things, it’s not quite as revolutionary as it seems at first blush.