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Paper Girls on Amazon Prime Video: Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang announce a sci-fi series

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Vaughan, known for his ‘Saga’ and Chiang, known for ‘Catwoman: Lonely City’, shook things up by making their protagonists into ’80s young women

Viewers’ love of coming-of-age stories with a sci-fi twist has increased, and Netflix’s Stranger Things is proof of that. For those ardent sci-fi drama fans, Amazon Prime Video brings an entirely new and out-of-the-box coming-of-age series, Paper Girls, based on a comic book of the same name. It’s a story from the 80’s about four young women who deliver newspapers and soon plunge deep into a time travel adventure.

When genius writing duo Brian K Vaughan, best known for his comic book Saga, and Cliff Chiang, best known for his iconic comic book Catwoman: Lonely City, launched their comic book series in 2015, they shook things up by making their protagonists boys Women made out of the 80’s thrown into an exciting time travel adventure.


In an interview with EW, when asked what inspired her to create the comic series, ‘Paper Girls’ executive producer Vaughan said: “I grew up in suburban Cleveland and paper boys in our neighborhood were suddenly replaced by paper girls . I just found it so bad that these 12 year old kids would go out at 4am to break bad news to adults. It was just so interesting and compelling that they were newspaper delivery men, kind of a dying breed, and yet they were the first of their kind. I thought that was such an interesting group of young women. They would make a big heart out of a story. So it started with that inspiration and expanded from there.”

Paper Girls executive producer Cliff Chiang talks about the central idea of ​​the young girls meeting their future selves in this time-traveling adventure series being so natural: “The idea of ​​them meeting in the future just seemed so Of course, because a lot of time travel is so much about what might happen, what you might regret, and seeing how your future self unfolded. I don’t know if anyone has evolved the way they imagined 10 years ago. So for these girls who are about to become teenagers and then adults, it’s a really cool thing to see where their lives end. Having Ali Wong play the older Erin is fantastic because we know her so well from her comedy, so to see her do something dramatic and a little bit bittersweet is a really fantastic showcase for her.”

Vaughan explained how they built the characters of the girls on the show based on icons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Beatles, where each member represents their own personality archetype, and described what trait Tiffany has about being addicted to video games, while Erin Chiang is particularly close to her heart. Chiang said, “This character is really important to me. Being able to tell a story with an Asian-American character that’s not necessarily an immigrant story, but a coming-of-age story. I kind of didn’t realize how much I needed it until I drew it. Because of this, this project is very close to my heart and this character in particular is one of my favorites. Her brand of cute nerdyness is something I’ve deeply sympathized with since childhood. Between Erin and Tiffany and KJ and Mac, there is such a great diversity within the personality group. I think it’s easy to find yourself in any of them, if not all of them.”

Vaughan also revealed how the series adaptation takes her comics story to whole new levels, saying, “I think sometimes people read a comic and they’re like, ‘Oh, these are just storyboards, let’s just shoot this.’ But comics are a unique medium, and television can do things that we can’t. As with Needle Drops, just adding music adds an incredible layer that we didn’t have access to.”

“These young actors are some of the best younger actors I’ve seen. This show really uses the medium that much. If you’ve never heard of Paper Girls, if you’re unfamiliar with this comic, then the show is still 100 percent accessible and I think you’ll love it. But if you are a hardcore fan of the comic, it will still come as a huge surprise to you. With our blessing, they go places we never could as a comic and there are new characters, there are new threats,” he added.

In an old interview with Deadline from July 2020, series showrunners Folsom, Cantwell and Rogers, in which they revealed their excitement at bringing the story to life, said: “As huge fans of what Brian and Cliff created in Paper Girls , we couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to bring this incredible adventure to life. This is a story with so much heart and so many unique colors and dimensions. Our sincere hope is not only to live up to the source material, but to make Paper Girls different than anything else currently on television.”

In that interview, Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios, added, “We love introducing Paper Girls to our global Amazon Prime Video audience as an original series. Brian’s beloved, widely acclaimed, multi-Eisner Award-winning story delivers a compelling concept based on compelling characters. We have an amazing partnership with Legendary and Plan B and the perfect creative team of Stephany, Christopher and Christopher to bring Brian and Cliff’s graphic novels to life.”

When it comes to the unique cast of girls who are the story’s main protagonists, Paper Girls stars Sofia Rosinsky as Mac Coyle, Camryn Jones as Tiffany Quilkin, Riley Lai Nelet as Erin Tieng, and Fina Strazza as KJ Brandman well-known stand-up comedian and actress Ali Wong as the adult version of Erin. It’s a modern day time travel story, after all.

Toy Story 4 co-writer Stephany Folsom wrote the screenplay for Paper Girls. She is the co-showrunner alongside Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers. Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang are executive producers.

The highly anticipated series will be released worldwide on July 29, 2022 on Amazon Prime Video.

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