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Carapaces (shells) is the first volume of the Hollow Earths series.

Under the name of Les Terres Creuses Luc and François Schuiten explored a three-volume fantasy world of the Hollow Earths. In turns dreamlike, poetic or frightening - and often more radical otherness than the Obscure Cities. Glowing imagination and often grandiose, a reference to the comic science fiction.

In these five stories many amazing worlds to discover, with the thread of the mysterious odyssey Fanelli, these fabulous winged creatures only things in the universe, to occur from one world to another. The short stories of Luc and François Schuiten gathered in Carapaces were originally published at the turn of the 70s and 80s in Heavy Metal magazine (Métal Hurlant). The first story appeared in Métal Hurlant in 1977.

Authors : François Schuiten , Luc Schuiten

Editions & translations

1980CarapacesFrenchLes Humanoïdes Associésn/an/an/a
1994CarapacesFrenchLes Humanoïdes Associésn/an/an/a
1997CarapacesFrenchLes Humanoïdes Associésn/an/an/a
2010CarapacesFrenchCastermann/an/an/aRevised version including the The pioneer - Filinor von Katseff story.
2010CarapacesDutchCastermann/an/an/aRevised version including the The pioneer - Filinor von Katseff story.

Some examples of the Carapace stories.

And some more artwork from the album.


Some of the sketches for the Carapaces album.


Studio Alda made a video inspired on the story of Carapaces.

See also

Buy the album

Luc Schuiten, François Schuiten
ISBN 2203026219
EUR 19,00
Luc Schuiten, Francois Schuiten
ISBN 1401203647