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 to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.
The archives at Altaplana contain about 2682 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!
News about English Translations
Some news about the English translations of the Obscure Cities series. First Theory of the Grain of Sand will be released in the third week of November. IDW Publishing will release it.
The following album will the …
Special box Revoir Paris
On October 26, 2016 François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters will visit comic shop Brüsel for a meet and greet. The meeting will be chaired by Thierry Bellefroid.
On the occasion of the publication of the second album of Rev…
Things to look forward to
Festival Villes & Toiles
François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters will join the Festival Villes & Toiles on September 23rd, 2016. You can meet both authors at 20hrs at 3, Rue Anatole France, 91220 Brérigny-sur-Orge. Together w…
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|Bretagne Express Exhibition||19-10-2016 15:12|
|Single Images||19-10-2016 15:10|
|Bretagne Express||19-10-2016 15:05|
|Scan Pyramids project||18-10-2016 19:11|
|Machines à dessiner||18-10-2016 19:02|
|Murailles de Samaris (Les)||18-10-2016 17:59|
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