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DC Comics’ original Sandman was a member of the Justice Society of America, a gas-mask-wearing vigilante who fought crime in the alleys of New York during World War II. When British writer Neil Gaiman resurrected the character in 1989, he ignored this previous incarnation and instead invented a white-skinned immortal named Morpheus, Lord of Dreams. For nearly 10 years, Gaiman (imagine Clive Barker’s less gruesome, more imaginative brother) chronicled the disillusioned god’s adventures, borrowing from Arab and European folklore, pinching from American popular culture, aping Shakespeare and Chaucer, and occasionally even dipping into DC’s horror and superhero universes for inspiration. After creating the art form’s single greatest work of myth, Gaiman—who killed Morpheus and the Sandman series off in 1996—has largely retired from comics to concentrate on other projects, but he still honors the medium that made him a star. He reads from his short fiction at 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Theatre Cafe, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $20-$50 (proceeds benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund). For reservations call (800) 992-2533. (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)