Hello there, new to the forums!
Basically I've came here to ask for suggestions for comic book series to read.
It doesn't have to be Vertigo but I have seemed to enjoy their work most in the past.
Some comic book series I have read and enjoyed:
Y: The Last Man
The Walking Dead
No Mans Land
Suggestions for graphic novels would be appreciated as well, but preferably some self contained rather than part of an ongoing series.
Not really fussy when it comes to subject matter, as long as it's well written.
Would also prefer a series that isn't still being written and actually has an end (though this isn't essential) and aren't too long either.
All suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
Since you've read Sandman, I recommend Lucifer. It's based on the character from Sandman, and is written by Mike Carey. It's a fantastic series, and one that in the end I think I actually prefer to Sandman. Mike Carey also has The Unwritten (along with collaborator Peter Gross) which is a current series, it has about 5 trades released so far, and it's also excellent.
I also recommend We3 and Flex Mentallo, both are by Grant Morrison with Frank Quitely. They are both entirely self contained in one book (each is only 3 or 4 issues long), and they're both excellent. We3 is a story of animals subjected to military testing to essentially become killing machines who are slated to be decomissioned (ie, destroyed), and who escape and search for home. It's sort of like Homeward Bound, only much more violent. Flex Mentallo is sort of a celebration of superhero stories and a lot of the absurd things that make comics excellent, while I think also being part autobiographical.
I also recommend Lucifer and the Unwritten (the latter one has actually six trades out).
CBR just did a top 10 Vertigo titles so you should check it out.
And there's plenty of other great series that didn't make it: Peter Milligan's whole catalogue (Shade, the Changing Man, Human Target, Greek Street, Enigma and the rest), Scalped, DMZ, Northlanders, The Losers, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Joshua Dysart's Unknown Soldier, Sweet Tooth, Loveless, Young Liars, iZombie, Outlaw Nation, Madame Xanadu and countless of minis and OGNs.
Check out Daytripper also. It's just the one book that contains the 10 issues that complete the series. Basically the main character Bras dies every issue, but it's great stuff!! Other Vertigo I recommend, see the above posts, and also check out 100 Bullets, Invisibles, Joe the Barbarian. Since you liked Y, also read Ex Machina (also by BKV).
I'm currently reading my way through Hellboy and B.P.R.D. Both titles I highly recommend. It's still ongoing though...
Other graphic novels and limited series I highly recommend (non-Vertigo):
Jim Henson's Tale of Sand
I Kill Giants
The Nao of Brown
Also get Cooke's Parker books, especially the Martini Edition. Comics don't get any better than that!