Contributor Interview: Roberta Gregory
Welcome back to our series of Graphic Canon contributor interviews! This week, we caught up with Popul Vuh adaptor ROBERTA GREGORY:
1) What inspired you to adapt the piece you did for the Graphic Canon?
I was inspired to adapt the Popul Vuh story because I had never heard of the work, but was instantly intrigued by it. My mother’s side of the family is from Mexico and I was happy to work on a story with a Latin American theme, and I have a good friend who has visited Mayan sites and has written a few books on the subject, and I love hearing what she has to say about it. I don’t know if I will ever get to that part of the world myself, but working on this story was like creating a visit to that location, and to that distant era. I was asked not to use the copyright Tedlock version, so I told the story in my own words, trying to keep the spirit of the original, and also adding sometimes-humorous dialogue between the gods. So that would be why people who read another translation would notice different wording in my story. It is a challenge to translate through the ages and over the vast distances!
2) What other projects are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on several projects, slowly, because I have a part time ‘day job.’ I am also trying to learn to create web sites, to do digital color, and other techie skills. (The Popul Vuh story was my first major color project, and I can see I still have a lot to learn!) I am collecting people’s true cat stories for a book, True Cat Toons (truecattoons.com) and writing a four-book novel series (Mother Mountain—the first book is ready to be published) and illustrating more travel stories, such as those in my book Follow Your Art, for a future website. And yes, I am trying to work on a Bitchy Bitch graphic novel, since I love this cranky old character so much! Much of this information, and a lot of my other comics, are on my web site, robertagregory.com.