Comic book lovers, meet Seamus O’Doherty: a 34-year-old Irishman struggling with depression and dealing as best he can with his extended fatherless family and public-house community in the heart of Dublin. The heartbroken Seamus, sipping java and scribbling verse when he can roust himself from bed, is mostly comforted (and sometimes critiqued) by his cat Abigail. Of course, yeah, feck it, Abigail’s a bit depressed, too. This is the situation explored with dark and occasionally raunchy humor – but always with insightful, character-building skill – in Seamus and Abbie: Phase One, an excellent compilation of sequential art in black-and-white and color from Austin’s own Izzi Ross, the hardcover volume now available online and wherever fine graphic novels are sold. Do we recommend it? Sure as that ol’ St. Patrick was a relentless snake-hatin’ git, we do. Check our website for the full review and author interview.