Chris Ryall is the President & Publisher/Chief Creative Officer of IDW Publishing. Ryall rejoined the company in December 2018 after serving as the company’s Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer from 2004 to March 2018. In those roles, he set the creative direction and publishing plan for IDW’s comic-book/graphic novel division. He was instrumental in the acquisition of licenses such as The Transformers, Star Trek, Godzilla, Doctor Who, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd, multiple Disney projects, Sonic the Hedgehog, an all-ages Star Wars title, and literary-based projects with authors such as Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, and many others. Since he joined the company in June 2004, IDW gained market share every year, became a Premiere Publisher and grew to become the fourth-largest comic-book publisher in America.
As President & Publisher, Ryall oversees the entirety of IDW Publishing and its corresponding divisions IDW Games, and IDW Limited.
Other highlights include shepherding the acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning series Locke & Key from conception to its publication and development as a TV series; developed Infestation, IDW’s first-ever multi-license crossover event; ranked higher each year of Bleeding Cool magazine’s list of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Comics; won the Stan Lee’s True Believer Award for Best Editor; and launched IDW’s first-ever comic-book imprint, Black Crown, in 2017.
Ryall also served as story consultant for IDW’s Entertainment division, Games division, and for a time ran IDW’s Limited division, producing high-end collectable volumes in collaboration with Marvel Comics.
Chris will be carrying out portfolio review over the weekend of the festival for Superfan ticket holders who are also aspiring comic artists.
If you are a comic artist looking for an opportunity for one to one with Chris, please book your Superfan ticket and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an example of your sequential artwork.