Chris Ryall, former chief creative officer and editor in chief of IDW Publishing, is returning to the company after being named president, publisher, and chief creative officer of the independent comics house.
Greg Goldstein, president and publisher of IDW Publishing for the past 10 years, is stepping down from the position and will leave the company.
Ryall will step into his new position on December 10. Earlier this year Ryall left IDW, after 14 years, eventually taking a position at Skybound Entertainment, a comics and graphic novel imprint at Image Comics founded by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
In a press release, Ryall said IDW is "where I’ve spent the majority of my career and I consider the company and its employees like family, so I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to return.”
In addition to his former role as chief creative officer and editor in chief, Ryall is an Eisner-nominated writer, and worked on such IDW comics series as Zombies vs Robots with artist Ashley Wood, and on a variety of licensed properties including Transformers and Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
IDW, a major independent publisher of comics and graphic novels, as well as a producer of TV/films based on them, will mark its 20th anniversary in 2019. The return of Ryall is the latest in a series of major changes in the leadership of the San Diego-based company.
In July, Ted Adams, cofounder of IDW and CEO of IDW Media Holdings, the parent company of IDW Publishing, also stepped down with plans to return to IDW in a new role. Kerry McCluggage, a former TV executive and IDW board member, was named CEO of IDW Media Holdings succeeding Adams.