Ryall at the 2013 New York Comic Con
April 2, 1969
Long Beach, California
Christopher "Chris" Ryall (born April 2, 1969) is best known as the Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing (2004–present), and as a writer in the comic book industry. In February 2011, his Eisner Award-nominated series, Zombies vs. Robots, co-created with artist Ashley Wood, was optioned by Sony Pictures for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes.
In 2002 filmmaker Kevin Smith offered Ryall his highest profile opportunity up to that point, that of running the entertainment-based MoviePoopShoot.com, one of Smith’s first forays outside of filmmaking.
Ryall began adapted comics based on licensed properties such as Shawn of the Dead; the horror mag revival Doomed (for which he and artist Ashley Wood received an Eisner nomination for their adaptation of Richard Matheson's "Blood Son" short story); George A. Romero's Land of the Dead; Masters of Horror, the first Transformers film prequel; Beowulf; Gene Simmons House of Horrors; a prose short in 30 Days of Night, a DVD pack-in comic for the movie Role Models; and Weekly World News. He adapted the epic Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show.
Other comics he has created included Zombies vs. Robots (and its sequel Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons) both co-created with artist Ashley Wood, Groom Lake (co-created with artist Ben Templesmith and one of Ryall’s pet projects, the Weekly World News comic book series.
In 2009, Ryall and co-writer Scott Tipton released the prose primer on the comic book industry, Comic Books 101, through IMPACT Publishing. In addition to featuring Ryall and Tipton/s overview of comics history and creators, the book features contributions from creators such as Stan Lee, Harlan Ellison, Gene Simmons, Mark Waid, Joe Hill and Brian Lynch.
In October 2010, Ryall contributed a prose story, "Twilight of the Gods", to Classics Mutlated, a prose "monster-lit" anthology.
His projects for 2011 include a fourth Zombies vs Robots series, UnderCity, and Infestation: Outbreak, a four-issue series co-written with Tom Waltz and spinning out of Infestation, the first-ever event in IDW’s history. Infestation, spearheaded by Ryall and Waltz, wove elements from IDW’s titles, such as CVO and Zombies vs Robots, into the worlds of their licensed comics such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters. Ryall contributed a new story to Doomed Quarterly, in late 2011.
Ryall lives in San Diego with his wife Julie and daughter Lucy.
- Shaun of the Dead (2005)
- Zombies vs. Robots (2005)
- George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead (2005)
- Masters of Horror (2005)
- Doomed (2006)
- Transformers Official Movie Adaptation (2007)
- Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show (2007)
- Beowulf Official Movie Adaptation (2007)
- Doomed (2007)
- Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons (2008)
- Gene Simmons House of Horrors (2008)
- Zombies vs. Robots Aventure (2009)
- Groom Lake (2009)
- Frank Frazetta’s Neanderthal (2009)
- Role Models; "The Adventures of Booby-Watcher"(2009)
- Comic Books 101: The History, Methods, and Madness (2009)
- Transformers Robot Heroes: I am Optimus Prime (2009)
- Weekly World News (2009)
- Classics Mutilated (2010)
- Zombies vs Robots: UnderCity (2011)
- Infestation: Outbreak (2011)
- The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1991); Extra
- Jersey Girl (2004); Extra
- Beauty and the Geek (2007); Guest judge
- Fictional Frontiers (radio show; 2009–present); Bi-weekly guest
- Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Workshop (2009); Guest Lecturer
- 2006 Eisner Award for Best Short Story (for "Blood Son", shared with Ashley Wood)
- 2012 Eagle Award for Best Editor
- "Chris Ryall: The Cult". chuckpalahniuk.net. March 14, 2009.
- "Chris Ryall named CCO of IDW Publishing". Major Spoilers. July 1, 2010.
- Ryall, Chris; Tipton, Scott (June 5, 2009). Comic Books 101: The History, Methods and Madness. Impact Books. p. 279. Google Books. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
- "2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
- Spurgeon, Tom (May 25, 2012). "Your 2012 Eagle Awards Winners". The Comics Reporter.
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