Between October 7, 2015 and July 31, 2019, 30 issues of a comic book series called Paper Girls were released, and a television adaptation is coming to Amazon. These were written by Brian K. Vaughan, who is known for comic book series like Ex Machina and Runaways, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, who has worked on comic books such as Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman, and published by Image Comics. Matt Wilson served as the colorist, Jared K. Fletcher was the letterer / designer, and Dee Cunniffe was the color flatter.
This is a story full of mystery and science fiction that centers around four 12-year-old girls who deliver newspapers. While making deliveries the day after Halloween, the girls become involved in a conflict between two groups of time travelers. The setting of Paper Girls is the fictional town of Stony Stream, Ohio, outside of Cleveland, and the main characters are named Erin, MacKenzie, KJ and Tiffany. While it is not yet known who will be playing these girls, there was a virtual casting call late last year, as stated by Comic Book Resources. No previous acting experience was required, as Vaughan wanted a cast that was mostly made up of unknown actors. The IMDb page for Paper Girls does list Trinity Likins as May Coyle.
A TV show based on the comic book series was first mentioned in July 2019, and it was given the green light a year later. The Amazon series will be created by two studios, Legendary Television and Plan B, and it will be written by Stephany Folsom, who previously worked on Toy Story 4 and Thor: Ragnarok.
Folsom released a statement, along with Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, who will serve as the series' showrunners: "As huge fans of what Brian and Cliff created in Paper Girls, we couldn't be more excited by 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 do justice to the source material but to make Paper Girls unlike anything else currently on TV."
The award-winning comic book series has also been compared to Stranger Things. Susana Polo of Polygon said, "If you're a fan of Stranger Things but wish the show handled its female characters or its queer coding or its rosy-eyed love of 1980s pop culture with a little more nuance more frequently, you'll find a lot to like."
As an Amazon original series, Paper Girls will be joining the ranks of critically acclaimed shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Boys and The Man in the High Castle. And without giving too much of the plot away, the comic book series does include a lot of thrills to look forward to: a time machine, an ongoing war, time travel between different centuries, future versions of characters and the question of whether or not the past can or should be changed by time travelers.