Change is afoot at IDW Publishing. According to Comics Beat, Chris Ryall has stepped down from his position as chief creative officer and editor-in-chief at the comic book publishing company.
Ryall later took to Twitter to confirm the news himself, writing: “The business of leaving a 14-year job eats up a lot of hours so it seems sometimes word can leak out before there's time to announce it publicly — but it's true, I'm stepping aside from IDW. We'll announce things properly soon...”
Ryall first joined the company when he took over as editor-in-chief from Jeff Mariotte in 2004. During his time at IDW he helped acquire major licenses such as The Transformers, Star Trek, Judge Dredd, and other brands. Ryall is also credited with helping many multiple cross-franchise crossovers happen, including Infestation, which merged the Transformers, Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe, and Star Trek franchises in the 2011 story.
In 2014, Ryall won the UK Stan Lee’s True Believer Award for Best Editor, and he is the co-creator of Groom Lake, The Hollows, The Colonized, Onyx, and Zombies vs Robot. The latter was optioned in 2010 by Sony Pictures producer Michael Bay and remains on their active development slate as the film Inherit the Earth.
It’s not clear what Ryall’s next move in the comic book industry will be, but we are sure excited to find out and wish him the best in his endeavors.
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