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Over 50 exhibitors will be displaying their wares today at the “Small Press Expo,” a celebration of the alternative/independent comix scene. Aficionados will be able to get “up close and personal” with such important creators as: Jeff Smith (Bone—a whimsical strip in the tradition of Walt Kelly’s Pogo), Charles Vess (The Book of Ballads and Sagas—a six-issue mini-series featuring adaptations of British folk ballads), Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese—punky satire), Jim Gownley (Shades of Gray—a charming, realistic look at high-school life), Dave Lapham (Stray Bullets—a noir thriller), and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man—a superhero parody). The Small Press Expo is sponsored by a coalition of D.C. area comic-book retailers, and proceeds will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an anti-censorship advocacy group. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $5. (703) 242- 9412. (Ken Roseman)