I think I'm in love. Go read Kris Dresen's comics now (yes, it took me a minute or two to figure out, but click on the title panel to enter the comic and then click again on the panel to get the subsequent panel...). She captures quite a bit in graphite.
Which leads us to Top Skills Boltgirl Would Like to Have:
1. The ability to capture quite a bit in graphite or pen and ink, to be able to actually draw those pictures that express a thousand (or more) words.
2. The ability to make enough pie crust to not have to scrimp on the latticework on top.
3. The ability to, oh, I don't know, maybe work at work.