Here’s How the <em>Paper Girls</em> Cast Compares to the Comic

Amazon Prime Video knows how to make a good adaptation. Just look at The Boys, which was first released as a comic series and is now one of Prime Video’s biggest shows to date. Or, Invincible, which also began as a comic and proved to everyone that Prime Video’s expertise wasn’t limited to live-action, but animated shows too. So adapting the wildly popular Paper Girls into a live-action series makes sense for the streaming service.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls ran from 2015 to 2019. Over the course of 30 issues, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls–Mac, KJ, Tiffany, and Erin–accidentally time travel into the future and become embroiled in a complex time war. The science-fiction series touches on friendship, growing up, and reckoning with one’s past, present, and future.

Part of the challenge of an adaptation, though, isn’t just moving the story from one medium to another, but ensuring the show has the same tone and style of the medium the original story came from, like how The Umbrella Academy keeps many of the comic’s plot points and zany characters while making concessions where it has to (in the television show, the group doesn’t have a notable battle from the comics involving the Eiffel Tower, an adaptive feat the show’s creator says “would cost the entire show budget.” Paper Girls will surely have to make some of those same kinds of sci-fi concessions, but we’ll have to see if the show can satisfy both fans of the comic along with newcomers to the material.

So how do the characters in the Paper Girls television show stack up to the Paper Girls comics? Here’s how the actresses and comic book characters compare, plus any notable differences between their show appearance and their comic book portrayal.


Erin Tieng – Riley Lai Nelet

The new kid on the block, Erin is the most recent addition to the Stony Stream paper route. She has a younger sister named Missy, is often nervous, and likes to play by the rules. In the show, Riley Lai Nelet plays Erin similar to how she is in the comics, frantic and scared, but nonetheless determined.


Fina Strazza – KJ Brandman

In the comics, KJ is considered the brains of the group. She’s also a hockey player, and notably carries around a hockey stick wherever she goes. In the show, KJ is similar to her comics counterpart. But rather than being the brains of the group, her Jewish background and upper middle-class lifestyle are emphasized (mostly as a conflict between her and Mac).


Tiffany Quilkin – Camryn Jones

Tiffany is a serious gamer who also loves walkie-talkies. In the show, her gaming hobby is much more muted. Instead, Tiffany is the genius of the group, researching as much as she can about the time traveling conflict the girls find themselves in.


Mac Coyle – Sofia Rosinsky

The first girl to take on the paper route in Stony Stream, Mac is a tomboy who smokes cigarettes and looks up to her big brother, Dylan. Much like in the comics, the television show version of Mac is cynical and blunt, speaking her mind even if it hurts other’s feelings. She’s often at odds with KJ, whom she believes is a stuck-up rich girl.


Adult Erin – Ali Wong

Much like in the comics, Erin and the gang travel to 2016 (in the show it’s 2019) and find Erin’s future self, played by Ali Wong. In the comics, she’s unmarried, still lives in Stony Stream, and even works for the Cleveland Observer, the same paper Erin delivered as a kid. On the show, however, Adult Erin works as a paralegal at the local courthouse, unmarried, and is about to sell her childhood home.


Prioress – Adina Porter

A commander in the Old-Timers (called the Old Watch in the show), Prioress is a ruthless hunter, determined to find Erin and the other girls to kill them and advance the Old-Timers’ overall mission: to keep time travel out of anyone else’s hands.

Milan Polk is an Editorial Assistant for Men’s Health who specializes in entertainment and lifestyle reporting, and has worked for New York Magazine’s Vulture and Chicago Tribune.

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