The Eisner award nominees were recently announced. The Eisners are one of the most prestigious awards for graphic novels.
Pop Candy has a write up on several of the nominees:
And Amazon looks at the judging process
The list includes Y: The Last Man for best continuing series. Vaughn is also involved in the television show Lost and has acted as executive story editor.
Another nominee is in my frightening large to-read pile of books at home - The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, Ann Marie Fleming. The book traces the life of Fleming’s great-grandfather, Long Tack Sam. A magician, he spent time in almost every continent in the world.
More from Amazon's blog:
(Judge Paul) Di Filippo was astonished by the wealth of material: "I thought I had a good handle through my own reading, but this judging process opened up my eyes. It's starting to seem to me as if comics is entering its true maturity as a medium, with as wide a variety of material as one would find in prose novels."