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Chris Ryall

Chris Ryall
Ryall at the 2013 New York Comic Con
Born Christopher Ryall
(1969-04-02) April 2, 1969
Long Beach, California
Nationality American
Area(s) San Diego
Notable works
Zombies vs Robots, Comic Books 101, The Hollows, Groom Lake
Notable collaborations
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, @chris_ryall

Christopher "Chris" Ryall (born April 2) 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.


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.[1] The site originally appeared in Smith's movie, 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. Ryall wrote multiple weekly columns for the Web site, in addition to serving as the site's Editor-in-Chief: "One Hand Clapping," "TV Recommendations," "A Night Out," "TV Pilot Reviews," and more. Ryall helmed the site even after joining IDW in mid-2004. He departed the site altogether in January 2006.[2]

On June 21, 2004, Ryall joined San Diego-based comic-book publisher IDW Publishing as the company's second Editor-in-Chief.[3] Ryall's first published comic-book work as writer with IDW was an adaptation of the film 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.[4] 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.

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 created 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 event, and wrote two of the issues, "Mars Attacks Kiss," and "Mars Attacks Zombies vs Robots."

His latest series include "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 2014, Ryall and Kieth paired up again for "Mars Attacks: First Born."

In July 2014, Ryall won the Best Editor award at the True Believers Awards (formerly the Eagle Awards) at the London Film & Comic Con: [5]

Personal life

Ryall lives in San Diego with his wife Julie and daughter Lucy.[6]

Selected bibliography

  • 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)

Guest appearances

Award nominations


  1. ^ "Chris Ryall: The Cult". March 14, 2009.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Chris Ryall named CCO of IDW Publishing". Major Spoilers. July 1, 2010.
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  8. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (May 25, 2012). "Your 2012 Eagle Awards Winners". The Comics Reporter.

External links

  • Official website
  • IDW Publishing
  • 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.
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