Loc: Berkeley, CA USA
Well, this is a loaded question. Small publishers will continue to thrive in their niche markets which Diamond will continue to service, and the big guys like Marvel and DC will thrive and survive due to their dependence on their licensing and merchandising income--as they have for years now.
More creators and publishers will publish online editions of their work which will be, to a degree, in competition to standard distribution practices. Comics will continue to survive because it's a medium that still somehow embodies passion in its creators and readers.
More comic shops will close until only the strongest or luckiest will survive, and no doubt Diamond/DC will use its distribution clout to its own advantage. The small distributors like Cold Cut will continue and grow stronger, but there will be stronger competition from electronic distribution rather than traditional methods.
And I hope I'm wrong about some of this!
Chris Juricich Berkeley, CA