With 18 issues currently under its belt, writer Brian K. Vaughan (the excellent Y: The Last Man) and artist Cliff Chiang’s (Wonder Woman) Image Comics title Paper Girls may be one of the best comic book titles currently found on store shelves.
The multiple Eisner Awards-winning series follows the story of four pre-teen girls named Erin, KJ, Tiffany, and Mac, who are out delivering newspapers on their bicycles on Halloween night in 1988 when they are swept up by mysterious events that send them on a time-traveling adventure.
Chiang graciously sat down with SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila to talk about the comic book title (issue #18 releases this week), revealing that Vaughan has been dropping clues and Easter eggs about the central mystery in Paper Girls pretty much since day one.
"One of the fun things about it is that when you've been on this ride with us from the beginning we're starting to pay off a lot of that," Chiang told us. "The readers have been super patient and really cool about just following us on this roller coaster but now with this fourth arc we're gonna find out about why the old-timers are fighting the teenagers and what it means for the timeline and what it means about time-traveling and why the girls are bouncing around."
He also touched upon trying to keep the intricacies of time travel straight, saying: "I'm sure Brian has it figured out. He plans a lot and he hasn't told me everything. He wants to keep the spice in the marriage so he only gives me the script for the issue. I don't read it ahead of time; I don't know exactly what's happening in the next arc so when I read that script I'm learning a lot of new things about the story at the same time."
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.