Chris Ryall

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Chris Ryall
Ryall at the 2013 New York Comic Con
BornChristopher Ryall
Long Beach, California
Area(s)San Diego
Notable works
Zombies vs Robots, Comic Books 101, The Hollows, The Colonized, Groom Lake, Onyx
CollaboratorsAshley 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, Tony Akins, Ilias Kyriazis, Anthony Diecidue, Anthony Fuso
AwardsBest Editor, Stan Lee's True Believers Awards, 2014

Christopher Ryall (born April 2) is best known as the former President, Publisher, and Chief Creative Officer of IDW Publishing (June 2004–2019), 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 with Mike Flanagan as director.[1]


Chris Ryall (l.) with Ashley Wood (r.)

In 2002, Ryall was hired by filmmaker Kevin Smith to run the entertainment-based, one of Smith’s first forays outside of filmmaking.[2] The site originally appeared in Smith's 2001 film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as a parody site. Ryall, along with Web designer Ming Chen, news writer/editor Scott Tipton and many freelance columnists and cartoonists, launched the site on June 17, 2002. In addition to serving as the site's Editor-in-Chief, Ryall wrote multiple weekly columns for the website, including "One Hand Clapping", "TV Recommendations", "A Night Out", and "TV Pilot Reviews".[citation needed] Ryall continued to run the site after joining IDW in mid-2004. He departed the site altogether in January 2006.[3]

On June 21, 2004, Ryall joined San Diego-based comic-book publisher IDW Publishing as the company's second Editor-in-Chief.[4] Ryall's first published comic-book work as writer with IDW was an adaptation of the film Shaun 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 four-issue miniseries Mars Attacks: First Born.

Comics 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.[5] 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. 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.

Independent of IDW Publishing, Ryall published Frank Frazetta’s Neanderthal with Jay Fotos and Tim Vigil, through Image Comics. He also published a short comic-book story with artist Drew Moss, "High Ball on the Low Road," in the Image Comics anthology "Outlaw Western, Vol. 3" (2013). "Outlaw Western" was nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award for Best Anthology.

In October 2010, Ryall contributed a prose story, "Twilight of the Gods", to Classics Mutilated, a prose "monster-lit" anthology, and in 2014, published his first Zombies vs Robots prose story, "Meaner Than a Junkyard Dog", in the anthology Zombies vs Robots: This Means War.

Ryall wrote the first inter-company crossover for IDW in 2011: Infestation, which paired the Transformers, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, and G.I. Joe in an adventure with Ryall's own Zombies vs Robots. He also directly oversaw 2012's Mars Attacks IDW franchise, and wrote two of the issues, Mars Attacks Kiss, and Mars Attacks Zombies vs Robots.

His 2013-2014 work includes The Colonized, co-created with artist Drew Moss, The Hollows, co-created with artist Sam Kieth, and Kiss Kids, with co-author Tom Waltz and artist Jose Holder. All three series were published in 2013. In July 2014, Ryall won the Best Editor award at the True Believers Awards (formerly the Eagle Awards) at the London Film & Comic Con.[6]

Ryall wrote four series in 2015: Zombies vs Robots, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency with artists Tony Akins and Ilias Kyriazis, Onyx, co-created with artist Gabriel Rodriguez, and String Divers with artist Nelson Daniel. That year Ryall was once again named to Bleeding Cool's Top 100 Power List, moving up the rankings to #40.[7]

In 2016, Ryall co-wrote Rom the Space Knight.[8]

After Ryall leaving IDW in March 2018 to work at Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment,[9] in December 2018, Ryall returned to IDW to serve as President, Publisher, and Chief Creative Officer.[10] In 2020, Ryall announced that he was stepping down from his duties with IDW in order to work with Ashley Wood again in a new publishing venture called the World of Syzygy, though he would continue as editor of the Locke & Key comic books, and executive producer of the television series.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ryall lives in San Diego with his wife Julie and daughter Lucy.[12]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 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)
  • Zombies vs Robots Ongoing (2015)
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2015)
  • Onyx (2015)
  • Garbage Pail Kids Go Hollywood [dialogue assist only] (2015)
  • String Divers (2015)
  • Rom (2016)

Guest appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Name Category Work Result Ref
2006 Eisner Award Best Short Story "Blood Son" in Doomed #1 - adapted by Ryall
(art by Ashley Wood, original story by Richard Matheson)
Nominated [14][15]
2008 Eagle Award Favourite Editor N/A Nominated [16]
2012 Eagle Award Favourite Editor N/A Nominated [17]
2014 True Believer Comic Awards Favourite Editor N/A Won [6]
2016 Bram Stoker Award Best Graphic Novel Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
(editor with Sam Weller, Mort Castle, & Carlos Guzman)
Won [18]


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  2. ^ "Chris Ryall: The Cult". March 14, 2009.
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  5. ^ "Chris Ryall named CCO of IDW Publishing". Major Spoilers. July 1, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (July 12, 2014). "Live From The True Believers Awards In London, With Stan Lee. (We Won One! Update)". Bleeding Cool.
  7. ^ Johnston, Rich (December 8, 2015). "The Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List 2015 – 40 To 38". Bleeding Cool.
  8. ^ Wickline, Dan (May 1, 2017). "Rom, Spaceknight Co-Writer Chris Ryall On The Influence Of Bill Mantlo". Bleeding Cool.
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (2018-12-10). "Chris Ryall rejoins IDW as President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer; Goldstein steps down". The Beat. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  11. ^ Reid, Calvin (July 22, 2020). "Ryall Leaves IDW to Launch New Storytelling Venture". Publishers Weekly.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Goellner, Caleb (July 25, 2012). "IDW EiC Chris Ryall's 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' Past Revealed". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  14. ^ "2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  15. ^ "The 2006 Eisner Awards: 2006 Master Nominations List". San Diego Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on 2006-10-01.
  16. ^ "Previous Winners: 2008". Eagle Awards. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14.
  17. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (May 25, 2012). "Your 2012 Eagle Awards Winners". The Comics Reporter.
  18. ^ Liptak, Andrew (May 15, 2016). "Here Are the Winners of the 2015 Stoker Awards". io9 Gizmodo. Retrieved 2021-04-27.

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