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Echert (left) and husband Claudio Sanchez, at the 2012 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Chondra Marie Echert

(1983-04-22) April 22, 1983 (age 40)
Claudio Sanchez
(m. 2009)

Chondra Echert is an American writer, best known as co-writer of the comic book series Key of Z, Kill Audio and Translucid.

Early life

Chondra Marie Echert was born in Clearwater, Florida on 22 April 1983. She graduated from Eckerd College with a B.S. in Psychology.


After graduating college, Echert relocated to New York, where she began work as an advertising copywriter. Shortly after, Echert pursued a career in comics, after a portion of her first story, Kill Audio, created by and co-written with Claudio Sanchez, was accepted into Image Comics Harvey Award-Nominated, Popgun 2. Illustrated by Sheldon Vella, Kill Audio is a dark comedy which follows a troll's quest to understand his own immortality. Originally previewed in Popgun 2, the story was published as a mini-series through BOOM! Studios and is now available as a trade hardcover. A sequel to the series, Kill Audio 2, is currently in the early stages of production.

In April 2011, Echert began work on Key of Z, a contemporary zombie story set in New York City. This four-part miniseries was her second collaboration with writing partner and husband Claudio Sanchez. Originally titled Subway Seriez, the first issue was released through BOOM! Studios in October 2011, featuring artwork from Aaron Kuder and cover art by Nathan Fox. Key of Z debuted at New York Comic Con 2011 with an incentive baseball cover from original Walking Dead artist Tony Moore. It was collected as a trade paper back in February 2012. The Daily Blam called the book, "a refreshing new addition to the genre and well deserving of all five stars" while Guerrilla Geek said "...this book works on a subtle level of genius."

Echert is currently Creative Co-Director of the independent comic publishing company Evil Ink Comics, helping with development of the ongoing, New York Times Bestselling science fiction comic series, The Amory Wars. She is also co-owner and editor of The Road Tested, a product review site with a secondary focus in events and travel.

Media appearances

Echert appears in Coheed and Cambria's "A Favor House Atlantic" music video as the main love interest, and in the Claudio Sanchez directed video for the song "The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut" from the album Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.

Echert sings backing vocals on Coheed and Cambria's Gravemakers and Gunslingers track from the band's album Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World For Tomorrow.

A limited edition promotional vinyl record given as a bonus for purchasing a subscription to the Kill Audio series featured two tracks from Claudio Sanchez' The Prize Fighter Inferno side project. Track 1, titled, Erizo Schultz was co-written and performed by Echert, with Sanchez.

Echert also sings backing vocals on the title track of the Half Measures EP by The Prize Fighter Inferno, the track "Mothers of Men" on Coheed and Cambria's album The Afterman: Ascension, and voices the character All Mother on the opening track "The Hollow" and in segues throughout the album.

Personal life

In October 2009 Echert married Claudio Sanchez, frontman of progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria. On June 8, 2014, she gave birth to their first child, Atlas Hendrix Sanchez.

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