After reading the first few chapters of the graphic novel Maus I wanted to learn more about the author because when reading the book I noticed that the author has a strong connection with the story. Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev who later changed his name to Art Spiegelman was born on February 15, 1948 in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently 66 years old and is married to Françoise Mouly with two children. He began his career writing comics for Underground comix. Later he began writing Maus. He began writing Maus in 1978 and only completed the book in 1991, it took him 13 years. In order for him to write the book he needed to interview his father since the book is about his experiences. In the book he depicts the Jews as mice, Nazis as cats, and Non-Jewish victims as Pigs.