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IDW Publishing EIC Chris Ryall's Exit Is Only Latest Departure From Publisher

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, March 08 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

IDW Publishing EIC Chris Ryall's Exit Is Only Latest Departure From Publisher

Ryall joined IDW in 2004.

IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief and former Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall has stepped down from the publisher today. He joined the company in 2004 and lead the company's steady growth, in addition to writing various titles for the publisher including Zombies vs Robots, Groom Lake, The Hollows, The Colonized, Onyx, and Transformers.

Ryall's departure is only the latest in a season of high turnover for the company. In the last few months, the publisher has seen staff leaving positions such as graphic design, accounting, editing, and public relations. IDW has also seen some involuntary departures in positions including graphic design and gallery managing in the same period of time.

Meanwhile, IDW's remaining executive team includes Associate Publisher David Hedgecock, CEO Ted Adams, and President Greg Goldstein who promoted himself to Publisher last November.

As of now, it's unclear where Ryall will end up, but it's likely that he'll stay in comics. IDW had multiple entries in Bleeding Cool's Top 100 Power List of 2017, with Ryall ranking #27, ahead of Goldstein at #48 and Scott Dunbier at #51.

Ryall's entire company-wide email regarding his departure and his thoughts on Vero is below.

Hey, everyone—

Today's my last day with IDW so wanted to send a final note of love, appreciation and goodbye to all of you.

I started here just about 14 years ago, back when David Mariotte's dad was the editor-in-chief and his son David was just learning to say his first word (it was "Big the Cat!"). There was maybe 6 or 7 of us in an office space roughly the size of the gallery. Including the warehouse space. The entire office complex shared a single bathroom that was a little less clean than your average gas station.

So to see us grow from that to where we are now, a company situated in this beautiful space and 70+ people strong, with multiple divisions all doing interesting and exciting projects is a thrill to see. It's weird—it feels like a long time ago but that time also feels like it's passed quickly. Either way, it's been time well spent thanks to all of you.

Through it all—through the deadline craziness, market fluctuations, assorted business challenges, social-media storms, new faces, new projects, and new challenges—it's all served as a constant reminder how lucky I've been to contribute to this industry that I love so much. And I plan to keep making contributions outside these walls. But for now, I'm stepping aside to take a break, get off the never-ending-deadline train and see what new challenge makes the most sense as my next move. It might seem short at times, but 14 years is a long time to do anything — I've certainly never done anything else in my life for this amount of time.

There's not enough time or space to catalog the various successes that have happened here in that time and really, there's no need — they've all been parts of a whole that has made this place such a thrill to work at for as long as I have. The successes and fun vastly outweighed the stresses, which is really a testament to the place that Ted and Robbie and company built in the first place. I'm appreciative as can be for all the opportunities IDW has afforded me. It's just time to figure out my next move, that's all.

I remain excited about comics, about creating, and about giving people good reasons to keep reading and, separately, about seeing everything IDW is going to do next. I first noticed IDW's books in its earliest days, impressed by the care and uniqueness that those early titles offered, so it's been a thrill to join all of you to build things out in an even bigger way. And I look forward to once again being able to experience IDW's output with a fresh eye.

I'm not leaving SD and will no doubt see all of you at gallery events, conventions and assorted drinking holes around town. In the meantime, if you need to get ahold of me, best to reach me at **********. Or the myriad of social-media platforms other than Vero, which sucks.

No final parting GIF here since there's not really one that sums up how much I love working with all of you and how much I'll miss you. Instead, I'll leave you with this picture from my first year on the job—2004, back when I thought it was still cool to walk around with a goatee... and don't even ask about the company tiki shirts...

Best to all'a you!


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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