The Sandman, at the time and throughout the nineties, reached far beyond the world of comics. People who didn't read comics at all still read The Sandman, and people who had never read it were still familiar with the character and the imagery. It is a property that, contrary to what the guys running WB/Discovery think, has fans across all genders. It is also known around the world having been a best seller in many countries. As long as this show is good, and there is nothing I've seen so far to suggest otherwise, it is going to be a hit and will probably last at least four seasons if Netflix still has the money to produce shows over the next few years. It will also, like Watchmen and Game of Thrones, be a genre property that will be considered acceptable during awards season. As for the short stories, one-offs, I am inclined to think that we will see a number of those over the shows run but not all. Distant Mirrors may even be the one book cut entirely. Still, there are a number of stories I hope to see appear on this show. I was surprised that the show is even doing versions of the first run of stories as I had suspected we might just get an abbreviated introduction and move right into A Doll's House. So that too, makes me hopeful. As wayoung says, it is based on a novel. The novel won the Nebula and Hugo at the time. It is really good; much better than the television series which is really only loosely based on the novel.