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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 2826 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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Latest about François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters:

22-04-2017  · 14 Insightful Images from Francois Schuiten’s Process Video

14 Insightful Images from Francois Schuiten’s Process Video Francois Schuiten just won Inktober. Again, Inktober is not a contest. There is no prize. It’s all just about the experience, learning, and getting better. But then you see this insane…
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22-04-2017  · 16 Vintage Images of a Beloved Belgian Team

16 Vintage Images of a Beloved Belgian Team Schuiten and Peeters Working Together This is a 12 minute video of a younger Francois Schuiten working alongside his writing collaborator, Benoit Peeters, on a page. It’s all in French, so it’s mostly …
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22-04-2017  · François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters piratés amicalement

François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters piratés amicalement Voilà l'ensemble des piratages amicaux et des hommages que nous avons montrés à Benoît Peeters et à François Schuiten à l'occasion de leur venue à Pierrevives fin mars. Nous avons eu très peu …
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23-03-2017  · Attentats de Bruxelles, l’hommage de François Schuiten

Attentats de Bruxelles, l’hommage de François Schuiten Il y a tout juste un an, le 22 mars 2016, Bruxelles était frappée par des attentats terroristes survenus à l’aéroport de Zaventem et dans le métro. Ces attaques djihadistes ont fait 32 morts et…
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25-02-2017  · Sur Les Cites Obscures Et La Bande Dessinee Franco-belge

Sur Les Cites Obscures Et La Bande Dessinee Franco-belge 谷口ジローと親交が厚かったフランスの漫画脚本家・作家のブノワ・ペータース(Benoit Peeters)さん。ペータースさんが作画家のフランソワ・スクイテンさんのコラボレーションして生み出したバンドデシネ(BD、漫画)「闇の国々」は1982年以来、13冊が出版され、谷口ジローも一目置いていたという作品です。欧州のバンドデシネ(漫画)の歴史はこの作品なしにしては語れないほど大…
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Revoir Paris T2, La nuit des constellations:

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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana:

LGV 1H25 23-04-2017 12:01
Machines à colorier 23-04-2017 11:07
La douce de François Schuiten / Compagnie Intérieur Nuit 23-04-2017 08:56
Tous les trains sont des horloges 23-04-2017 07:52
Obscure cities archives 22-04-2017 17:21
Lancaster University 22-04-2017 15:50
Les Mardis de l'Espace des sciences 22-04-2017 15:17
Type 12 object (La) 22-04-2017 15:03
La révolution des images (1830-1914) 22-04-2017 13:44
La Tour (radio) 22-04-2017 13:36

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