Julie Morstad is the best thing since... Everything, mostly. Milk Teeth just came out on Drawn and Quarterly and if I would compare it to something else it would be the meticulous penning of Gorey's and the wonderful themes of Anders Nilsen's. It is wordless art that's not really sequential. And it sort of tells the story of my life. If I could really draw, this is what I would want my stuff to look like.
The New York Times is our friend. Not only does their website feature an interactive page on the Visual Language of Graphic Novels for all of ye who don't already know (where artists like Art Spiegelman and Chester Brown talk about why they've chosen the graphic novel as their medium), they're also running Daniel Clowes' Mister Wonderful!