My friend, Karen Ellis, and fellow web comic artist (such as I am) of Planet Karen (, dropped me an e-mail this morning informing me that the flat above hers was badly damaged by fire. At the time, she had not been allowed back in the building to check on her own stuff.

I’m supremely thankful she’s OK.

Update (2/17/09): Karen reports that she’s been able to retrieve some of her things and that she’s been taken in by friends.