Chris Ryall is the Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing, a San Diego-based comic book and graphic novel publisher. 2014 marks Ryall’s 10th year with IDW. 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 his time as Editor-in-Chief, IDW has helped bring fan-favorite franchises such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and many more to the company. Ryall also shepherded the acclaimed creator-owned series LOCKE & KEY from conception to its completion last year. He has ranked on Bleeding Cool magazine’s list of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Comics since the list began in 2012.
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, and THE COLONIZED. He has also written the Stephen King/Joe Hill/Richard Matheson collaboration ROAD RAGE; MARS ATTACKS IDW; KISS and KISS KIDS; CLIVE BARKER’S THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW; DOOMED; SHAUN OF THE DEAD; BEOWULF; WEEKLY WORLD NEWS, and TRANSFORMERS. Prose books include a novella in CLASSICS MUTILATED, ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS: NO MAN’S LAND, and the non-fiction COMIC BOOKS 101, co-written with Scott Tipton. Ryall has taught writing at the Clarion West and has had a regular bi-weekly feature, “Ryalltime,” on the Fictional Frontiers radio show.
Ryall’s current projects include MARS ATTACKS: FIRST BORN with artist Sam Kieth, and is working on IDW’s next big event, which will be revealed in mid-2014.
In 2010, ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS was optioned by Sony Pictures for feature-film development with producer Michael Bay.
Prior to joining IDW, Chris served as Editor-in-Chief for filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Web venture, was a corporate speechwriter for American Honda, a creative executive with Dick Clark Communications, an advertising copywriter, and an extra on Power Rangers.
Chris looks forward to meeting all his fans in Sydney and Perth.
Chris will be conducting portfolio reviews and a talent search in addition to a general admission Q&A each weekend, and participate in signing sessions on Friday in Sydney (2pm to 6pm), and throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) in both cities. Please see the event guide for times and locations.
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