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Obscure cities archives

Welcome to Altaplana, the impossible and infinite encyclopedia of 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 in 2011 to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

The archives at Altaplana contain about 2875 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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22-10-2017  · Interview with Benoit Peeters

Interview with Benoit Peeters Interview by ComicStreet with Benoît Peeters was published before in Japanese. This is the French version provided by Peeters. Benoît Peeters, vous êtes non seulement scénariste de la bande dessinée, mais aussi critiq…
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18-09-2017  · Benoît Peeters: art i part

Benoît Peeters: art i part Benoît Peeters (París, 1956) és un polifacètic escriptor i assagista. En el camp de la historieta ha estat protagonista a dues bandes d’aquest univers, com a autor, i com a teòric, especialment intensa és la seva aportac…
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05-09-2017  · Trainworld 2 years old

Trainworld 2 years old Trainworld in Brussels celebrates its second birthday on September 16 and 17, 2017. Trainworld will have many activities during those days. One of the activities is a signature session with François Schuiten on September 17…
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10-08-2017  · The Obscure Cities are (almost) everywhere

The Obscure Cities are (almost) everywhere The albums of Les Cités Obscures (the Obscure Cities) by Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten are translated in many languages.E.g. Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Croatian, Finish, Ch…
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10-08-2017  · "De Fer et de Verre" with cover by Schuiten

"De Fer et de Verre" with cover by Schuiten De Fer et de Verre is a wonderful book about Horta’s Maison du Peuple, which will be published by Les Impressions Nouvelles on September 7, 2017. The cover uses a drawing by François Schuiten. Buy th…
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Integral editions of Les Cités Obscures

First integral edition of Les Cités Obscures

Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana

Comme un chef 20-10-2017 10:47
Les Cités Obscures - La Fièvre d'Urbicande 18-10-2017 19:46
Schuiten and Sokal at Brüsel 18-10-2017 08:38
Aquarica 14-10-2017 13:51
Brüsel 23rd birthday 14-10-2017 10:41
Ouest France with Benoît Sokal 09-10-2017 21:40
Concert Dessiné live at Fibda10‬ 08-10-2017 17:20

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