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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 to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

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


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Latest news by La Lumière:

17-09-2016  · Things to look forward to

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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18-08-2016  · Meet Schuiten and Peeters in September 2016

Meet Schuiten and Peeters in September 2016 You can meet Francois Schuiten and Benoit Peeters in September. First you can meet them in Tournai (Belgium) on September 3rd, 2016. Together with Bruno Letort they will tell the “Voyages en Utopie - Revoi…
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12-08-2016  · Revoir Paris Published In Japan

Revoir Paris Published In Japan Revoir Paris will be published in the important Japanse magazine Big Comic Original . The story will be published in 6 parts starting October 2016. The publication will in the Japanese way of reading. Except for the f…
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Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:

11-09-2016  · Interview de Benoît Peeters: Être à la fois théoricien et auteur
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28-08-2016  · La BD est son jardin
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09-07-2016  · Las ciudades oscuras: La chica inclinada
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09-07-2016  · Art under the carpet at TrainHostel
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05-07-2016  · Where has this Amazing Comic Book Art Been all My Life?
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18-06-2016  · 啊!我一不小心坠入了“朦胧城市” | 我在阅读季听讲座
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18-06-2016  · 欧洲图像小说作家史奇顿:图像为现实而设计
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18-06-2016  · Critique 921 : La Frontiere Invisible - Tomes 1 & 2, de Benoît Peeters et François Schuiten
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Revoir Paris T2, La nuit des constellations:

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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana:

Festival villes et toiles 2016 24-09-2016 11:04
Nadar 24-09-2016 10:35
La révolution des images (1830-1914) 24-09-2016 10:28
Lion of Belfort statue 18-09-2016 11:58
Type 12 object (La) 17-09-2016 11:21

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