From “Sandman: Overture,” by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III. (Courtesy of Vertigo.)

“THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE,” which Comic Riffs lauded as one of the best graphic novels of last year, was a big winner over the weekend at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II, in Kansas City, Mo.

DC/Vertigo’s “Sandman: Overture,” written by Neil Gaiman, won the esteemed Hugo Award for best graphic story.

Gaiman thanked the “Overture” artists in his acceptance speech, saying: “I’m proud it won, and prouder by far of the amazing work that J.H. Williams III, Dave Stewart, Todd Klein, Dave McKean and Shelly Bond did.”

Gaiman’s previous Hugo Awards have included recognition in the categories of novel (“American Gods“) and novella (“Coraline“), as well as best dramatic presentation (the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Wife”).

Gaiman also nodded to the controversy of recent years as fan groups the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have urged the Hugo’s voting members to follow a specific slate of candidates. The author ridiculed such slates:

“It meant a lot to see ‘Sandman: Overture’ nominated for a Hugo Award and was disappointing to see that it had been dragged into the unfortunate mess that the pitiable people who call themselves Puppies had attempted to inflict on World Con and its awards. I would have withdrawn it from consideration, but even that seemed like it would have been giving these sad losers too much acknowledgment.”

Krysten Ritter has embraced her superhero title role for “Jessica Jones.” (Courtesy of Marvel/Netflix 2015)

Elsewhere at Saturday’s Hugo Awards, “Jessica Jones” won for best short-form dramatic presentation.

The Marvel/Netflix series, which stars Krysten Ritter, adds to its raft of honors, having won the Peabody Award and received three Saturn Award nominations, including for Ritter and David Tennant. The show was also nominated this year for a Television Critics Association Award.

Here is the complete list of 2016 Hugo Award winners:

Best Novel

The Fifth Season,” by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

Binti,” by Nnedi Okorafor (

Best Novelette

“Folding Beijing,” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2015)

Best Short Story

“Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)

Best Graphic Story

“The Sandman: Overture,” written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III et al. (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

The Martian” screenplay, by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

“Jessica Jones: ‘AKA Smile,’ ” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg and Jamie King; directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions; Netflix)

Best Editor, Short Form

Ellen Datlow

Best Editor, Long Form

Sheila E. Gilbert

Best Professional Artist

Abigail Larson

Best Semipro-Zine

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

File 770, edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fan Writer

Mike Glyer

Best Fan Artist

Steve Stiles