“Paper Girls” is the Opposite of a Love Letter to the 80s – SDCC 2022

Paper Girls SDCC

I feel like there aren’t enough coming-of-age stories about young girls where they get to have an adventure. That’s why I’m so excited about Prime Video’s upcoming series Paper Girls, which made its big debut at San Diego Comic-Con.

Paper Girls, based on the comic book series of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and by Cliff Chiang (illustrator), is the story of four 12-year-old paper girls in suburban Ohio in the 1980s. It’s a coming age story, much like many of our childhoods… if your childhood involved warring factions of time travelers and featured giant robots.

I didn’t know much about this show going into the panel, but I left wanting to almost immediately run out and buy the comic. How have I not heard about this before today? What rock have I been living under?

Cast members Camryn Jones (Tiffany Quilken), Sofia Rosinsky (Mac Coyle), Riley Lai Nelet (Erin Tieng), Fina Strazza (KJ Brandman), Adina Porter (Prioress), and Nate Corddry (Larry) were joined by Vaughan, Chiang, and showrunner Chris Rogers for a panel in SDCC’s Ballroom 20. A near-capacity crowd in the second largest room at the convention center was treated to an hour-long Q&A peppered with clips from the first season, which drops on Prime Video next Friday, July 29.

While Paper Girls may remind you of another streaming show set in the ’80s, it’s not trying to be. They worked very hard to show that the ’80s was not a great time for a lot of people, and while it has that retro vibe, it’s very much not a love letter to the decade.

I was fortunate to be in the press room for Paper Girls, where the cast and creators talked about the show, the characters, and what we can expect from the first season.

Check out our interviews below (and please ignore the shoddy camera work, it was tough to get a good angle):

Stay tuned to The Geekiary for more of our coverage from SDCC 2022!

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.


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