Paper Girls

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Paper Girls
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Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Mystery, Science Fiction
Publication date October 2015 – Present
No. of issues 22
Creative team
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Artist(s) Cliff Chiang
Colorist(s) Matt Wilson

Paper Girls is a mystery/science fiction comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, published by American company Image Comics.[1][2] The colorist is Matt Wilson, the letterer and designer is Jared K. Fletcher, and the color flatter is Dee Cunniffe.

Paper Girls follows the story of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls (Erin, MacKenzie, KJ and Tiffany) from the fictional Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream. While out delivering newspapers in the early hours of the morning on Halloween night 1988, the girls are attacked by a group of teenagers and one of the teens steals a walkie-talkie from Tiffany. The girls chase the boys to a half built house and find what appears to be a time machine in the basement. The town is struck by an invasion from a mysterious force from the future.

Reception[edit]

Paper Girls won two Eisner Awards in 2016 for Best New Series and Best Penciller/Inker.[3] In 2017, Wilson won an Eisner for Best Colorist in part because of his work on the series.[4]

In 2017, the first compilation was shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.[5]

Characters[edit]

Erin Tieng- She recently moved to town with her family. She has a younger sister named Missy whom she loves and is frightened something will happen to her. She has maternal instincts and tends to follow the rules and recently got a job as a paper girl for the Cleveland Observer. She attends a catholic school called St. Pete's with Tiffany Quilkin (another paper girl) and carries a pocket knife around with her. Erin met the other girls when she was attacked by a bunch of teenagers the morning of Halloween.

MacKenzie "Mac" Coyle- She has red hair and can almost always be found wearing a green bomber jacket and combat boots. She was the first girl to become a paper boy in their hometown working for the Cleveland Press, smokes cigarettes, and swears like a sailor despite her young age. She has a very cynical outlook on life. (it is found out later that she dies of leukemia in the future)

KJ- She has brown hair and blue eyes and is Jewish. She attends a private school, and is considered the "smart one" of the group. KJ also plays field hockey and carries the stick around wherever she goes, unfortunately she is not the best at defending herself with it.

Tiffany Quilkin- She is African American and is an obsessed gamer who loves her walkie-talkies. She is adopted and goes to the same school as Erin. She is usually the first one who wants to leave when anything creepy or scary starts to go down.

Alice Coyle- Mac's step-mom who drunkenly believes when the dinosaur looking creatures arrived it was the Lord deciding it's the end of the world and decides to commit suicide. She moves to shoot herself in the head but in a scuffle between her and Mac accidentally shoots Erin. Soon after she disappears.

Heck- He is a teenager from the year thirteen in the future Stony Stream. He had been infected and speaks in another language and uses a translation stone to speak to the girls. He along with Naldo help Erin heal her injury from when she was shot by using little electronic bugs called insecs. Both he and Naldo die in a gas leak after helping her.

Naldo- Another mutated teenager from the future.

Grandfather (Jahpo) is the de facto leader of the faction of time travelers known as the "Old Timers", who are antagonists of the "teenager" faction of Naldo and Heck. His speech and attire are seemingly more in line with the 20th/21st Century than his charges.

Publication history[edit]

As of July 2018, the comic has been published as twenty two issues, some of which have been reprinted trade paperback and hardcover.

Issues[edit]

Issue # Publication Date
1 October 7, 2015[6]
2 November 30, 2015[7]
3 December 2, 2015[8]
4 January 6, 2016[9]
5 February 3, 2016[10]
6 June 1, 2016[11]
7 July 6, 2016[12]
8 August 3, 2016[13]
9 September 7, 2016[14]
10 October 5, 2016[15]
11 February 1, 2017[16]
12 March 1, 2017[17]
13 April 5, 2017[18]
14 May 3, 2017[19]
15 June 7, 2017[20]
16 October 4, 2017[21]
17 November 1, 2017[22]
18 December 6, 2017[23]
19 January 3, 2018[24]
20 February 7, 2018[25]
21 June 6, 2018[26]
22 July 4, 2018[27]
23 August 1, 2018[28]
24 September 5, 2018[29]

Trade paperbacks[edit]

Volume # ISBN Publication Date Collected Material
1 9781632156747 March 30, 2016 Paper Girls #1–5[30]
2 9781632158956 November 30, 2016 Paper Girls #6–10[31]
3 9781534302235 August 8, 2017 Paper Girls #11–15[32]
4 9781534305106 April 4, 2018 Paper Girls #16–20[33]
5 9781534308671 November 28, 2018 Paper Girls #21–25[34]

Deluxe Hardcovers[edit]

Volume ISBN Publication Date Collected Material
1 9781534303348 November 1, 2017 Paper Girls #1–10[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You all should be reading Brian K. Vaughan's 'Paper Girls' comic series now" – via LA Times. 
  2. ^ Raftery, Brian. "If You Only Read One Comic This Month, Make It 'Paper Girls'". 
  3. ^ Strength, Reed. "Image Comics, Drawn & Quarterly Lead 2016 Eisner Award Winners". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Elderkin, Beth (July 22, 2017), "Here Are the Winners of the 2017 Eisner Awards," io9. Retrieved July 28, 2017
  5. ^ 2017 Hugo Awards, at TheHugoAwards.org; retrieved August 10, 2017
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