Chris Ryall is the Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing. He oversees IDW Publishing’s comic-book and graphic-novel publishing, helping acquire major licenses such as The Transformers, Star Trek, Judge Dredd, and many other brands, as well as helping determine the creative approach and creative teams on IDW’s wide array of comic books.
Since he joined the company in June 2004, IDW has gained market share every year, become a Premiere Publisher and grown to become the fourth-largest comic-book publisher in America. In addition to the many licensed projects IDW now publishes, Ryall also shepherded the acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning series Locke & Key from conception to its completion; and developed Infestation, IDW’s first-ever multi-license crossover event. He has ranked on Bleeding Cool magazine’s list of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Comics since the list began in 2012; in 2014, Ryall won the UK Stan Lee’s True Believer Award for Best Editor.
Additionally, Ryall is an Eagle- and Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer and editor, and the co-creator of Zombies vs Robots, Groom Lake, The Hollows, The Colonized, and Onyx. He has also written comic-books adaptations of films such as Shaun of the Dead, George Romero’s Land of the Dead, and Neil Gaiman’s Beowulf; prose adaptions of work by Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch for Doomed magazine; Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show; Matheson’s Duel and the Stephen King/Joe Hill story “Throttle.” Ryall has also written comics for such titles as Transformers, Kiss, Weekly World News, Mars Attacks, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and String Divers. He has also co-written a prose book about comics, Comic Books 101. In 2016, Ryall will oversee and co-write the revival of the fan-favorite Hasbro property, Rom the Space Knight.
Zombies vs Robots was optioned in 2010 by Sony Pictures producer Michael Bay and remains on their active development slate as the film Inherit the Earth.
Ryall has guest-taught writing/publishing at the Clarion West Writing School alongside author Robert Crais, spoken repeatedly to the Cal State Fullerton Creative Writing Club, and since 2010, has co-hosted a regular bi-weekly feature, “Ryalltime,” on the Fictional Frontiers radio show, recently added to the ESPN Radio Network.
Prior to joining IDW, Chris served as Editor-in-Chief for filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Web venture; a corporate speechwriter for American Honda Motor Corp; a creative executive with Dick Clark Communications; an advertising copywriter; and an extra on season one of Saban Entertainment’s Power Rangers TV series.