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Revoir Paris

The frontpage of the new album by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters: Revoir Paris. Revoir Paris 2, La Nuit des Constellations

Revoir Paris is the latest album by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters that is published in two parts. Part one was published on November 5th, 2014 1) 2). The second part was published on October 26, 2016.

Although it is a joined project by Schuiten and Peeters it is not one in the Obscure Cities series. The story is about the history and possible future of Paris.

According to François Schuiten “It will be a tribute to those that have marked the history of this city. But the end will be very futuristic…3).

Publisher Casterman announced the first album as “In the context of a new exhibition at « La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine » in Paris, Schuiten & Peeters give us an overview of the architectural history of the French capital through the lives of futuristic characters in a science-fiction universe.4) and the second album as “Schuiten & Peeters give us an overview of the architectural history of the French capital through the lives of futuristic characters in a science-fiction universe.” 5).

The album has two volumes, with a total of about 110 pages. The first volume has 64 pages 6). The first volume of the album was published a few weeks before the start of the Revoir Paris exhibition in La Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris that opened at November 20, 2014. The second volume was released on October 26, 2016 and is titled: Revoir Paris, la nuit des constellations.

Revoir Paris by Schuiten and Peeters

Story

February 2156. Kârinh was born in the Ark, a space colony established by a group of former Earthlings who cut all ties with their home planet. The girl has always dreamed of this Earth that she has never seen it. Especially Paris, a city she discovered in books that miraculously were preserved. It is therefore that she immediately agreed to lead the Tube, a ship en route to Earth, carrying a dozen bodies in hibernation. But increasingly frequent, Kârinh immerses in her fantasies of the city. Will they hinder the realization of her mission? And most importantly, once bound, will the City of Light of the XXII century meet her visions? 7)

Editions / translations

YearTitleLanguagePublisherPagesHC/SCISBNRemarks
2014Revoir Paris (Tome 1)FrenchCasterman64HC9782203043275
2014Parijs Zien… (Deel 1)DutchCasterman64HC9789030370499
2015Volver a ParísSpanishNorma Editorial64HC9788467919820
2015Nach Paris (Teil 1)GermanSchreiber & Leser64HC9783943808766
2015Rivedere Parigi (N° 1)ItalianAlessandro Editore64HC9788882853730
2016Revoir Paris T2, la Nuit des ConstellationsFrenchCasterman64HC9782203097261
2016Parijs Zien…, de nacht van de vallende sterrenDutchCasterman64HC9789030371908
2016Volver a París 2SpanishNorma Editorial56HCN/ANot yet published
2017Nach Paris 2, SternennachtGermanSchreiber & Leser64HC9783946337171
2016Rivedere Parigi, la Notte della CostellazioniItalianAlessandro Editore56HC9788882853822Announced for November 2016
2017Revoir Paris (Special edition, Tome 1+2)FrenchCastermanN/AHCN/ANot yet published
2017Revoir Paris (Special edition, Volume 1+2)EnglishStephen SmithN/AHCN/ANot yet published

Revoir Paris t2 by Schuiten and Peeters

Second album

The second and final part of Revoir Paris was published on October 26, 2016. This album was projected for an earlier release but for some time there has not been much progress due to the many activities François Schuiten had to do around Train World.

Revoir Paris, La Nuit des Constellations

The title of the second album is: Revoir Paris, La Nuit des Constellations. The cover features Kârinh and Avion n° 3 by Clément Ader.

Revoir Paris t2 by Schuiten and Peeters

The second album has 56 pages and it is a hard cover edition (240x320cm) like the first album. The foreign rights are sold for German, Italian and Spanish editions, besides the French and Dutch edition. 8).

Revoir Paris t2 by Schuiten and Peeters

The ending of the second album was changed by Schuiten and Peeters after Peeters lost his home due to an explosion in his apartment complex in April 2016: “Je vais modifier la fin de l’histoire du deuxième tome de Revoir Paris que je fais en ce moment avec François Schuiten. Je vais intégrer la destruction de cet immeuble dans les dernières pages.” 9)

Revoir Paris t2 by Schuiten and Peeters

Preview

The French comic magazine CaseMate published a preview of over 20 pages in their issue 93 of June 2016 10).

Also Casterman published a few pages:

Machines à dessiner

Machines à dessiner is a new exhibition by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters that was held from October 25, 2016 to February 26, 2017 in Musée des Arts et Métiers (Paris). This exhibition also marked the release of the second volume of Revoir Paris.

In December 2015 Benoît Peeters posted an image of François Schuiten working on the album.

François Schuiten working on Revoir Paris T2

Interview

Early July 2015 Francois Schuiten had an interview with Belgium AZ-ZA about the progress of the album.


During the interview you can get the first glimpses of the new album.

First album

Exclusive look at the first pages

Early 2014 the first pages of Revoir Paris were published at this dictionary as an exclusive preview. The cover features flying machines inspired by Robida and the housing towers by Auguste Perret.

The frontpage of the new album by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters: Revoir Paris.

and the first page of the album:

Page 1a of Revoir Paris PAge 1b of Revoir Paris

First sketch

François Schuiten made his first sketch of the frontpage even before he started with the first pages.

first sketch Revoir Paris

Preview

In Le Parisien Magazine of August 1st, 2014 an interview with Schuiten and Peeters was published. Besides the interview, Le Parisien Magazine published four pages of Revoir Paris.

Casterman published some other pages:

Artwork

Some of the early artwork was shown in the interview with François Schuiten and ARTE 11) and in the video interview with RTBF 12).

Other news

First 41 pages ready

the first 41 finished pages of Revoir Paris On February 12, 2014 François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters delivered the first 41 finished pages of Revoir Paris to Casterman. Benoît Mouchart took a picture of this event 13).

Japanese publication

Revoir Paris is also published in the Japanese Big Comic Original in 4 episodes of about 20 pages. This publication in Japan was planned for 2015, but it was finally published in November 2016 14).

Exposition

At least 22 pages of Revoir Paris were part of the exhibition with the same name in La Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris. It opened at November 20, 2014. It gave a view on the architectural history of Paris seen through the prism of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. The exhibition was held until March 9, 2015.

Press dossiers

Casterman released a press dossier to introduce the new album by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. Both authors answer question about the album, the exhibition and the donation of original artwork.

You can download the dossier: Press dossier Revoir Paris

Also a press dossier for the second album was released.


See also


Buy the albums

Schuiten et Peeters
ISBN 220304327X
EUR 15,00
François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters
ISBN 3943808769
EUR 22,80
Schuiten Peeters
ISBN 8467919825
EUR 20,26
François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters
ISBN 888285373X
EUR 24,99

Also a Dutch translation is published as “Parijs Zien”.

Casterman
ISBN 2203097264
EUR 17,00
François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters
ISBN 3946337171
EUR 22,80

With the Revoir Paris exposition also a catalog of the exposition is published. At the same time “IMAGES – François Schuiten” is published. It is a large sized book, with only illustrations realised by François.

Schuiten et Peeters
ISBN 2203090235
EUR 28,00