The comics are not actually canonical, as Orci has told us dozens of times.
True, but it's not quite that simple. First, he's made it clear that the reason they're not canonical is simply because the Supreme Court doesn't feel it's right to change the current rule that only what's on film is canon, not that the decision has anything to do with whether or not they believe the comics are canon worthy. Also, he's made it clear that a future court may decide they are canon and he also stated that he wouldn't mind if Countdown were adapted into an animated dtv thus making it canon. Second, he stated in the recent startrek.com interview that while they aren't canon, the comics are as close you can get to being canon without being filmed which IMO makes them at least semi-canonical.
That the primeverse novels have been freely contradicting events from Countdown
in their version of the post-Nemesis
continuity makes it pretty clear that they're not canon. The comics are one continuity, the novels another, Star Trek Online
a third, all based on TV/film Trek but extrapolating from them differently.
Gene Roddenberry wrote the novelization of TMP, Denny Martin Flynn wrote a post-STVI novel called The Fearful Summons
and Brannon Braga co-wrote a comic called Hive
. I'm sure they all considered them what definitively "happened" in the Trekverse, but all have been ignored and contradicted by one thing or another. Canon is the body of established work that later work is supposed to remain consistent with. And they haven't.
(not that canon has a very good track record of remaining consistent - see the videos in my sig for examples)