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At the second annual Small Press Expo, comic book aficionados will have a chance to rub elbows with an array of independently published artists and writers. Among the creators present will be Dave Sim, the artist/writer responsible for Cerebus, the long-running series that mixes social satire with biting lampoons of pop culture and political icons. Also on hand will be Dave Lapham—whose new series, Stray Bullets, has been described as “urban crime fiction”; Evan Dorkin, whose Milk and Cheese offers slacker generation slapstick; Colleen Doran, creator of the science-fantasy epic A Distant Soil; and many others. From 4-10 p.m. at the Bethesda Ramada Hotel, 8400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $8. (301) 774-1345. (Ken Roseman)