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Robert Venditti

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UF CLAS graduate, Robert Venditti, 35, is the author of a critically-acclaimed graphic novel that has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Bruce Willis. The story, called The Surrogates, is set in 2054 where humans interact with the world and each other only through technological substitutes. Detective Greer, played by Willis, investigates crimes committed by someone who wants the world to return to when people had genuine interactions with one another.

Venditti received degrees in Political Science and English from UF and his master’s degree in Creative Writing from UCF, according to a USA Today article. While in school, he thought comic books were immature and didn’t read a graphic novel until his final year of graduate school.

The Surrogates mini-series was published in July 2005 by Top Shelf Productions, and the movie, owned by Disney, is now playing in theatres. "It's one of the most exciting things I could ever think of. I mean, my grandmother is watching TV in the afternoon the other day and suddenly sees a movie trailer of something that her grandson created — it's just beyond comprehension. She's excited to see it — everyone around me is excited about it. It's a nice feeling to know that you can do something like that for your family and friends,” he was quoted as saying in a USA Today article.

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