Wolk, Douglas. 2006.
Graphic Novel Time at SPX 2006.
PW Comics Week (October 17): http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6381905.html?nid=2789
Ok, go read that and then come back.
I'm not sure if I agree with Wolk here - most of the 'graphic novels' he mentioned are by major writers (Moore's From Hell), actually something else (Brunetti's Yale anthology or Jansson's Moomins), or year's old (Veitch's Abraxas, originally in Marvel's Epic magazine; I'm glad he's got it back into print).
Still, there was a lot of youthful energy at this show, and perhaps we'll be hearing from some new names in the next few years.