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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 2728 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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30-10-2016  · Train World acquires images by François Schuiten

Train World acquires images by François Schuiten [Train World acquires images by Schuiten] Over 100,000 people have visited Train World in the first 10 months of 2016. The Train World museum is a huge success due to the high quality of the exhibi…
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18-10-2016  · News about English Translations

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 on December 6, 2016. IDW Publishing will release it. The following album will the translatio…
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14-10-2016  · Special box Revoir Paris

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…
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Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:

27-11-2016  · Rencontre avec Benoit Peeters au Musée des Arts et Métiers
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27-11-2016  · Dialogues: les sérigraphies de Schuiten et Durieux exposées à Paris
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25-11-2016  · Schuiten & Peeters, quand les machines stimulent la créativité des auteurs de BD
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25-11-2016  · La BD de la semaine: Schuiten et Peeters commentent le tome 2 de "Revoir Paris"
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24-11-2016  · Rencontre avec Schuiten et Peeters au Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles
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21-11-2016  · Revoir Paris Tome 2, Schuiten et Peeters au bout d'un voyage
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21-11-2016  · Dialogues une exposition de François Schuiten et Laurent Durieux chez Barbier & Mathon
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20-11-2016  · Comment les auteurs de BD trouvent-il l’inspiration?
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Revoir Paris T2, La nuit des constellations:

Revoir Paris tome 2 by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters

Voyage dans Les Cités Obscures:

Voyage dans Les Cités Obscures, exhibition about the world of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters

Dialogues - Schuiten / Durieux:

Dialogues - François Schuiten/ Laurent Durieux