Creator: Stephany Folsom
Stars: Sofia Rosinsky, Fina Strazza, Riley Lai Nelet
Amazon has unveiled a stunning full trailer for its streaming sci-fi series Paper Girls 2022, adapted from the highly regarded comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. You have to see this, it’s worth checking out! Paper Girls follows four girls who, while delivering newspapers the morning after Halloween in 1988, are unknowingly caught up in a conflict between warring factions of time travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world.
Have you ever seen a group of young friends ride a bike and suddenly stumble upon a scientific wonder or fantastical place that will change their lives forever? Of course you have. From the ’80s heyday of The Goonies to modern homages like Stranger Things, young male coming-of-age stories sprinkled with sci-fi elements have proliferated in pop culture.
But when writer Brian K. Vaughan (Saga) and artist Cliff Chiang (Catwoman: Lonely City) launched their Paper Girls comic book series in 2015 alongside colorist Matt Wilson and designer Jared K. Fletcher, they decided to change the formula. The protagonists of Paper Girls are young women, originally from the 1980s, but who soon find themselves caught up in a breathless time travel adventure.
“Growing up in suburban Cleveland, there was one year, when I was about 12 years old, when all of the delivery men in our neighborhood were suddenly replaced with delivery women,” Vaughan recalls. “I thought it was so rude that these 12-year-olds would go out at 4 a.m. to deliver bad news to adults. It was so interesting and engaging that they were newspaper boys, a dying breed, and yet they were the first of her kind. I thought, ‘This is such an interesting group of young women. They would make a great heart of a story.’ So it started with that inspiration and expanded from there.”
That idea expanded into a 30-issue Paper Girls comic, and now there’s a TV adaptation of Paper Girls on the way this July on Amazon Prime Video. You can see exclusive first-look photos below.
When it comes to the diverse group of girls at the center of the story, Paper Girls stars Sofia Rosinsky as Mac Coyle, Camryn Jones as Tiffany Quilkin, Riley Lai Nelet as Erin Tieng, and Fina Strazza as K.J. Brandman, as well as Ali Wong as the adult version of Erin. After all, this is a time travel story!