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 2861 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!
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…
"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.
Kendal Calling: An Interview with Benoît Peeters, the UK’s Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art
The countdown has begun to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October (13th – 15th). We continue our “Kendal Calling” intervi…
Urbes del futuro en peligro y bajo el influjo de Hergé
El guionista de la célebre saga 'Las ciudades oscuras' y biógrafo del creador de Tintín Benoît Peeters presenta sus dos últimos cómics en Barcelona
Barcelona bien podría terminar en el 2156 c…
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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