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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 2857 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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02-07-2017  · Au pays des rêves de Winsor McCay, génial inventeur de Little Nemo

Au pays des rêves de Winsor McCay, génial inventeur de Little Nemo L’auteur américain Winsor McCay (1869-1934), pionnier de la bande dessinée et du dessin animé, est à l’honneur à la Biennale du 9e art de Cherbourg. C’est une exposition exceptio…
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02-07-2017  · Winsor McCay dessinateur poétique et formidable explorateur du langage de la BD

Winsor McCay dessinateur poétique et formidable explorateur du langage de la BD La 8e biennale du 9e art à Cherbourg-en-Cotentin accueille une splendide rétrospective de Winsor McCay, l’un des pères de la BD américaine, créateur de Little Nemo.…
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02-07-2017  · Volver a París I y II

Volver a París I y II Edición originalEdición nacional/ EspañaGuiónDibujoFormatoPrecio Benoît Peeters y François Schuiten nos traen una nueva obra dividida en dos álbumes realizados entre el 2012 y el 2016. Como toda su obra disponible, está editad…
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24-06-2017  · Schuiten visits Belgium King

Schuiten visits Belgium King On June 15, 2017 the king and queen of Belgium invited 10 personalities of the cultural world for a working lunch. François Schuiten was one of the invitees. The meeting had as a theme Belgian cultural actors abroad…
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24-06-2017  · 1h22 avec: François Schuiten

1h22 avec: François Schuiten Dessinateur de Bande-dessinée devenu célèbre pour sa série Les Cités obscures réalisée avec le scénariste Benoît Peeters, François Schuiten est aussi scénographe. Il a réalisé la scénographie du Train World à Bruxelle…
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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana:

Туманные города (Russian translations) 27-07-2017 10:38
La Tour (radio adaption) 16-07-2017 10:20
Cirb.Brussels 15-07-2017 16:35
Aquarica 15-07-2017 10:39

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