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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 2449 pages and are growing day by day.


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Latest news on Les Cités Obscures

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26-07-2015  · Revoir Paris part 2, work in progress

Revoir Paris part 2, work in progress François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters are working hard on the second volume of Paris Revoir. This volume is expected to be released early 2016. AZ-ZA.be had an interview with François Schuiten on the finishing …
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04-06-2015  · Schuiten and Peeters win prize at “Paris Se Livre”

Schuiten and Peeters win prize at “Paris Se Livre” François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters have won the Prix Tour Montparnasse in the category Beaux-Livres for their book Revoir Paris, l’Exposition during the 7th edition of PARIS SE LIVRE . PARIS SE…
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30-05-2015  · Schuiten & Peeter curators of Biennale 2017

Schuiten & Peeter curators of Biennale 2017 The Biennale du 9e art will be held in 2017 in Cherbourg. The biennale will be dedicated to the work of Winsor McCay, the father of the American comics . “After 7 biennales devoted to European comics, t…
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Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:

23-08-2015  · Francois Schuiten: Les trains et les RER sont devenus hideux
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16-08-2015  · Schuiten & Peeters: Die Mauern von Samaris [zuletzt gelesen #054]
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16-08-2015  · Las Ciudades Oscuras. La Fiebre De Urbicande. Un Comic De Schuiten Y Peeters Que Nos Trae Norma Editorial
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05-07-2015  · François Schuiten au travail, portrait d’un dessinateur
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05-06-2015  · Rencontre avec Benoît Peeters
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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana

Une voix qui touche aux larmes 31-08-2015 20:26
Events, Meet & Greets 31-08-2015 20:25
Durieux, Laurent 31-08-2015 20:06
Atlantic 12 31-08-2015 19:55
Single Images 31-08-2015 19:53
La Type 12 - En montagne 31-08-2015 19:51
La Type 12 - Halte en forêt 31-08-2015 19:48
La Type 12 - De nuit 31-08-2015 19:44
La Type 12 - Reflet 31-08-2015 19:44
Train World 30-08-2015 16:04

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