Obscure cities archives
Welcome to Altaplana the place on the internet dedicated to the world of The Obscure Cities, originally named Les Cités Obscures and its authors François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters.
François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters started to explore these cities in the early 1980s. In this fictional world, humans live in independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilization, each characterized by a distinctive architectural style.
François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters didn't only explore this universe by graphic novels, but also by the means of books, movies, exhibitions, scenographics & radio documentaries.
The word Obscure is somewhat misleading for English-speaking readers. In English we tend to think of the word to mean “little known” or “odd.” The French use the word for multiple meanings, including “mysterious”, “hidden” or even “secluded.” ALL of these adjectives could apply to the world imagined in the minds of Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten.
On the Obscure Continent Altaplana is the city that is dedicated to hold all the archives of the Obscure Cities. Altaplana was founded in November 747 AT, after the Convention Von Amelunxen decided that all archives had to be centralized in one special place. Altaplana is located west of Urbicande and Alaxis, mid-way between the two in longitude.
The founding of Altaplana was not an immediately success. It took a long time to sort out if the documents have to be archived in alphabetical, chronological or logical order. Even after personal intervention of Governor Arkhalsky the chaos remained.
It was after a long time that Joseph Le Perdriel brought structure in the chaos by implementing a system that allowed documents to be archived in alphabetical, chronological and logical order, all at the same time. This system made it possible to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.
The archives at Altaplana have already 1926 pages and is growing day by day.
26-02-2014 · Exclusive first peak at Revoir Paris
End of 2014 François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters will release a new album: Revoir Paris. A history of science fiction around Paris. The album will have two volumes with a total of about 110 pages. The first 41 pages are ready and delivered to Casterm…
Aquarica is selected for the third Frontières market edition. Aquarica was born out of a collaboration between Martin Villeneuve, writer, director, producer and TED2013 speaker, and European comic book masters François Schuiten & Benoît Sokal.
[15e Salon du livre de jeunesse]
The 15th Salon du livre de jeunesse will be held from March 3 till 9, 2014 in Saint Germain Les Arpajon. Luc Schuiten is the guest of honor. His “Vegetal City” exposition can been visited the whole week during the eve…
[Work of François Schuiten at the BRAFA 2014]
The Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair is the occasion for the King Baudouin Foundation to inform people about the Heritage Fund’s activities and its most recent acquisitions. This year, visitors to the …
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