With Amazon's Prime Video adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Ex Machina) and Cliff Chiang's (Wonder Woman, Human Target) best-selling graphic novel Paper Girls set to hit our screens in a little more than a month, viewers are getting a unique look at the similarities between the streaming series and comic books series. This time around, sequences from the printed page are given the "motion comic" GIF approach to bring Vaughan's words & Chiang's artwork to life as a reminder about the upcoming series. Even better, for those unfamiliar with the comics and going into the series cold, they tease what's in store for Riley Lai Nelet's (Altered Carbon) Erin Tieng, Sofia Rosinsky's (Fast Layne) Mac Coyle, Camryn Jones' (Cherish the Day) Tiffany "Tiff" Quilkin, and Fina Strazza's (A Christmas Melody) KJ Brandman.
In the first post, we see Tiff, Erin, Y2K-Era Tiff, KJ & Mac on a rooftop with an interestingly futuristic skyline in the background:
And in this post, we see KJ, Erin, Mac, and Tiff looking off into the distance, preparing for an adventure in this motion take on the original cover art. KJ holds a field hockey stick, while Erin clutches the strap of her messenger bag. Mac stands with headphones in while smoking a cigarette, as Tiff holds a flashlight and a walkie-talkie. While behind them, the sky changes dramatically…
And finally, we have a funky take on the previous preview image that was released (with a caption vibing Dionne Warwick's "That's What Friends Are For"):
Earlier this month, Vaughan checked in with EW to let fans of the comics know that the streaming series is allowing them to take the story in some new directions.
"I think sometimes people read a comic and are like, 'oh this is just storyboards, let's just shoot this.' But comics are its own unique medium, and television can do things that we can't. Like with needle drops — just the addition of music adds an incredible layer to this that we didn't have access to," Vaughan explained. "These young performers are some of the best younger actors I've ever seen. This show really takes such advantage of the medium. If you've never heard of 'Paper Girls,' if you're not familiar with this comic, then the show is still 100 percent accessible and I think you will love it. But if you're a hardcore fan of the comic, it's still going to be extremely surprising to you. With our blessing, they go to some places that we never could as a comic and there are new characters, there are new threats." With the series set to release on July 29, here's a look at what you need to know about Amazon's Paper Girls:
In Amazon Studios' Paper Girls, four young girls (Rosinsky, Jones, Nelet, Strazza) who while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. As they travel between our present, the past, and the future- they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate. Now here's a look at the first official teaser followed by the previously-released character descriptions:
Mac Coyle (Rosinsky): A working-class Catholic girl, Mac is the first paperboy in Stony Stream who isn't a boy. Mac inherited the paper route from her older brother, someone for whom she has undying loyalty and love… which might be the wrong place to put it. Mac's toughness however is no act, she has a sharp tongue and quicker fists. Like most bullies, Mac is perhaps masking a deep well of insecurity. Usually a loner by choice, events conspire to cast Mac as the unlikely leader of our Paper Girls on Hell Day 1988.
Tiffany Quilkin (Jones): The only child of success-oriented, mixed-race parents, Tiffany has big plans for her future and no intention of seeing them derailed. While she is at times willing to improve on the truth when in a tight spot, there is no denying that Tiffany is crazy smart. She boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, a love of gadgets and technology. She has been delivering papers for a little over a year.
Erin Tieng (Nelet): A dutiful daughter, sister, and yes, newly-minted newspaper employee, Erin often feels caught between worlds. On the one hand, she's a dual-language immigrant with deep Chinese roots, on the other, she's an All-American kid on the verge of her teenage years who desperately wants the TV-perfect life she often sees depicted in the Western culture all around her.
KJ Brandman (Strazza): KJ is one of the only Jewish girls in Stony Stream and comes from the wealthiest family in town, two things nobody will let her forget. It is perhaps only when playing field hockey that she feels truly seen – an image that conflicts starkly with her mother's desires for her. KJ is guarded, sensitive and underneath her veneer, emotionally roiling. She doesn't need the paper-delivery job, but it makes her feel free.
In addition, Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe) is set to play the Adult Erin, the woman twelve-year-old Erin Tieng (Nelet) grows up to become. When the two Erins finally come face-to-face, they are forced to confront the gap between their childhood hopes, dreams, ambitions, and the reality of their grown-up life. Nate Corddry (For All Mankind) will play Larry, a bit of a recluse with rusty social skills who has devoted his life to being a member of the Underground, a secret organization devoted to helping one side win the Time War. After an encounter with the time-traveling paper girls, Larry must decide how much, if anything, he's willing to sacrifice for the war and for the girls. Christopher C. Rogers (Halt and Catch Fire) serves as showrunner, with Stephany Folsom, Christopher Cantwell, and Rogers serving as executive producers.