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Exclusive: Extra! Extra! The creators share the transition of Paper Girls from a comic book to a TV series

 Paper Girls star Riley Lai Nelet
Riley Lai Nelet stars in Paper Girls. Pic credit: Araya Doheny/Getty Images for Prime Video

Fans of the ’80s young adult adventure comic book Paper Girls will now be able to see the story in live action when Prime Video launches the series today.

Based on the best-selling graphic novels written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls is a high-stakes personal journey depicted through the eyes of four girls — Erin Tieng (Riley Lai Nelet), Tiffany Quilkin (Camryn Jones), Mac Coyle (Sofia Rosinsky), and KJ Brandman (Fina Strazza) — who are a new breed of young women who are delivering newspapers.

“This actually happened in the suburbs of Cleveland [not the time travel] where I grew up, where there was one year where I felt like all of the people who used to deliver our papers were young boys, and then all of a sudden, they were young women,” Vaughan tells Monsters and Critics. “It was so intriguing to me that these guys are the real pioneers. They’re the first young women to be doing this job. But, also, I had this recognition that they’re the last of a dying breed, that paper boys were already starting to die off. I thought it was intriguing.”

The story begins in the early morning hours after Halloween 1988 when 12-year-old Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ are out on their delivery route when they become caught in the crossfire between warring time-travelers. As they are swept up in the action, their lives are changed forever when they travel into the future.

The girls then begin their journey to find their way home. As they look for allies to help them avoid detection by a militant faction of time-travelers known as the Old Watch, they meet their future selves to surprising results.

In our conversation with Vaughan, Chiang, and executive producer Christopher C. Rogers, they share their thoughts on the transformation of the comic to a TV series, the rules of time travel, and how three grown men channeled their inner 12-year-old girl!

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