New Web Series ‘Paper Boys’ Delivers Diversity, Charisma and a Magical Twist You Never Saw Coming

2015-06-16-1434469763-3496973-paperboys_stills_01-thumbI think the unifying theme for every person in their 20’s, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation, is that none of us really has a clue what we’re doing. Cole, the main character of Paper Boys, is no exception to this rule. He’s trying to figure out how to land a job he loves (that will also pay the rent in one of the most expensive cities in the world), what to say to his straight best friend Daren who recently confessed he doesn’t want to marry his fiancée, and why he can’t seem to stop himself from stalking an old flame, Max, on Facebook. If all of this wasn’t enough to worry about already, Cole has also discovered that his sketchbook is, well… enchanted. Whatever Cole draws seems to happen in real life, and while this newfound power could be the answer to all his problems, he hasn’t quite figured out if it’s only going to make his life even more complicated.

Written by Curtis Casella and Kyle Cabral (Cabral also directs the series and stars as Cole), Paper Boys is a delightful new web series that takes the sometimes harsh reality of being a confused millennial trying to juggle love, a career, and a new city, and spices it up with a bit of magic to make it all the more captivating. The first two episodes have already generated over 90,000 views on YouTube, and the creators have recently succeeded in raising $10,500 via their Kickstarter campaign to create two more full episodes (and are hoping to raise even more to keep the series going).

I caught up with Kyle and Curtis, as well as Henry Lee (who plays Max), Kai Liu (who plays Rebecca), Sarah Elizabeth (who plays Charlie), and Nathan Brown (who plays Daren) over email, and asked them all about the inspiration behind Paper Boys, as well as what we can expect from future episodes — it’s all here on Huffington Post Gay Voices.

Interview with “Dead. Gay. Fictional.” Writer, Caty Zick

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Coming home after yet another bad date, what single woman hasn’t poured herself an extra large glass of wine and thought, “I guess what they say is true: the only good men left out there are either dead, gay, or fictional.” This is exactly the state of mind that Charlie is in when her best friend Madeline drags her out to a singles mixer she swears will be “packed with men who are exactly her type.” Imagine Charlie’s surprise when she discovers the party really *is* full of the fictional characters and the heartthrobs of yesteryear she’s always adored (think: Prince Charming, Humphrey Bogart, Romeo, James Dean, and more!). At first this seems like a dream come true, but are these guys really as perfect as Charlie hoped?

Directed by Tiffany Johnson (winner of the Director’s Choice Award at the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase) and written by Caty Zick, Dead. Gay. Fictional. is a fun, slightly twisted rom-com about what would happen if you walked into a party and met some of the famous characters and historical figures you think you know. The team hopes to shoot in the summer of 2015 and is currently engaged in an Indiegogo campaign in order to fund the project.

I chatted with Caty Zick, the writer of ‘Dead. Gay. Fictional.’ (and admittedly, very dear friend) about what we can expect from this funny and imaginative short film, and the whole interview is over at Huffington Post Entertainment!