Ryall at the 2013 New York Comic Con
April 2, 1969
Long Beach, California
|Zombies vs Robots, Comic Books 101, The Hollows, Groom Lake|
|Ashley Wood, Scott Tipton, Sam Kieth, Ben Templesmith, Drew Moss, Gabriel Rodriguez, Mark Torres, Alan Robinson, Nelson Daniel, Jamal Igle, Wagner Reis, Steph Stamb, Jose Holder|
[idwpublishing.com,%20http://ryallsfiles.tumblr.com,%20@chris_ryall Official website]
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, Ryall was hired by filmmaker Kevin Smithto run the entertainment-based MoviePoopShoot.com, one of Smith’s first forays outside of filmmaking. The site originally appeared in Smith's movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as a parody site.
In June 2004, Ryall joined San Diego-based comic-book publisher IDW Publishing as their Editor-in-Chief. Ryall's first published comic book work with IDW was an adaptation of the film Shawn of the Dead with artist Zach Howard; he also helped launch 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), dialoguing the lead character, Ms. Doomed, and writing numerous stories for the magazine's four issues; also, he adapted George A. Romero's Land of the Dead with artist Gabriel Rodriguez; Masters of Horror with artist Jeremy Haun; he co-wrote with Simon Furman the first Transformers film prequel, with artist Don Figueroa; Ryall and Rodriguez again adapted 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 with artist Alan Robinson. He adapted the epic Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show with Rodriguez illustrating all 12 issues. Ryall wrote four of the eight issues of IDW's Kiss comic series, with artists Jamal Igle and Wagner Reis, as well as two issues of Kiss Solo, and co-wrote with Tom Waltz four issues of Kiss Kids with artist Jose Holder. Ryall more recently adapted the Stephen King/Joe Hill tribute to Richard Matheson, "Throttle" with artist Nelson Daniel and Matheson's own "Duel" in a book called Road Rage. Ryall spearheaded an inter-company crossover involving Mars Attacks and numerous IDW properties, and wrote two of the issues: Mars Attacks Kiss and Mars Attacks Zombies vs Robots. In 2014, Ryall and Sam Kieth again partnered to launch a 4-issue "Mars Attacks" series, "First Born."
Comic series he has created include 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; The Colonized with artist Drew Moss; and The Hollows with artist Sam Kieth.
In February 2006, IDW promoted Ryall to Publisher. Among the properties he helped develop and shepherd to IDW Publishing were Hasbro's "Transformers", Locke & Key, Toho’s Godzilla, CBS/Paramount's Star Trek, HBO's True Blood and 2000 AD's "Judge Dredd", among many others. During Ryall's tenure at IDW, the publisher was made a premiere publisher, won their first Eisner Awards, published the first-ever inter-license crossover and the first-ever "Doctor Who" crossover, and is currently the fourth-largest publisher in the country.
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, and in 2014, published his first Zombies vs Robots prose story, in the prose anthology Zombies vs Robots: This Means War.
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)
- Kiss" (2011)
- Kiss Solo" (2012)
- Mars Attacks Kiss" (2012)
- Mars Attacks ZvR" (2012)
- Kiss Kids" (2013)
- The Colonized" (2013)
- The Hollows" (2013)
- Mars Attacks: First Born" (2014)
- 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; 2013); Guest Lecturer
- Dredd" Blu-Ray extra feature (2012)
- 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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- Dueben, Alex (January 17, 2008). "In-depth with Comic Book Publisher Chris Ryall". Comic Book Resources.
- St-Louis, Hervé (June 28, 2009). "Is There a Steve Jobs in the Comic Book Industry?". ComicBookBin.