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 2819 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!
Review Of 2016
At the end of 2016 it is a good moment to look back at the eventful 2016. Although it started a bit slow, it got on speed soon and ended with a huge amount of events during the last months of 2016.
The release of Revoir Paris, La n…
Preview of 2017
The end of the year is good for a review of 2016 but also for a preview of 2017. What are the plans of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters for the new year?
The exhibitions Machines à dessiner, Dialogues - Schuiten / Durieux and V…
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…
|Biennale du 9e art 2017: Winsor McCay||19-03-2017 10:02|
|Peeters, Benoît||19-03-2017 09:56|
|Abbesses (Metro)||19-03-2017 09:38|
|La Boverie: Révolution bande dessinée||19-03-2017 09:29|
|Blake and Mortimer by François Schuiten||12-03-2017 11:46|