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"Turns out, people pay you money to draw pictures," says Andy Marlette, Sharpie in hand.

Marlette is the editorial cartoonist for the Pensacola News Journal. He's at his first political national convention and in Tampa he expects to find a smorgasbord of ideas.

"This day in age, the political environment, there's never a shortage of material-I can't draw fast enough," says the 32-year-old, with round blue eyes that no doubt see things a bit differently than the rest of us.

And for this native Floridian, putting pen to paper is kind of a family tradition. His uncle, Doug Marlette, won a Pulitzer Prize for his cartoon commentary. And Andy put his talent to work at a young age.

"Oh yeah, I was the kid in class that could draw. At lunch, I traded chocolate milks for cartoons, that kind of stuff," Marlette acknowledges.

In just one hour at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Marlette sketched a Romney idea for later in the week, a duded up delegate and his momentary meeting with political consultant Karl Rove, who had no time to pose for a cartoon.

"He was much too busy," says Marlette, sketching out the Rove encounter.

But you know, there's plenty more RNC and Marlette's pen is poised.

"I know," he says, quickly drawing from a seat high in the convention hall. "I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow."

Written by Kathryn Bursch

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