The Distribution Engine was started by Ken Goldberg and John Anderson as a means to support those British independent comics publishers that were struggling to find decent distribution in the US and Canada.
The Business Plan is simple:Show each shop a variety of books. Actually let them see the books before they order.Don't force a minimum order on them.Support them after they've ordered any books with media mentions, supporting material where possible, and generally just being available to talk.
The Distribution Engine isn't everywhere - yet. It's starting small to prevent overreaching and failing. Because failure is not an option.
If you run a comic shop, and want to hear more, let us know.
If you're an independent publisher who is struggling to get your work seen, tell us about it.