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2018 AD

In January 2018 Comme un chef by Benoît Peeters and Aurélia Aurita was published. An album about he autobiographical experiences of Benoît Peeters in cooking when he was a student. Around the publication Peeters gave several interviews like in the Liberation.

La Tour by Bruno Letort

On February 11, 2018 the radio adaption by Bruno Letort of La Tour was aired on France Culture radio.

During the first half of 2018 Benoît Peeters spoke at many conferences like the six episode series Penser avec Roland Barthes between January and March. Peeters also finished in June 2018 his series Pour une histoire de la bande dessinée in Musée des Arts et Métiers.

In March 2018 Alexandre Obolensky passed away. François Schuiten has done many projects with this great artist.

Final pages of Blake & Mortimer by Schuiten

In 2018 it was confirmed that François Schuiten is working on a tribute album of Blake and Mortimer. The series originally made by Edgar-Pierre Jacobs. In 2018 also an investigation started to find out what happened with the original drawings by Jacobs, a subject near to the heart of Schuiten.

About forty works of Schuiten formed a course in the medieval city of Semur-en-Auxois during the summer of 2018. In parallel with the exhibition in the city, the Museum of Semur-en-Auxois present about thirty original drawings of François Schuiten. Atlantic 12 published the announcement poster as a large print.

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François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters visited several festivals during 2018 to talk about future cities and Les Cités Obscures:

In October 2018 François Schuiten joined the Belgian cultural week in Havana.

The second volume (March 28, 2018) and the third volume (November 21, 2018) were published of the integral series of les Cités Obscures.

Atlantic 12 published two beautiful screen prints with the release of these volumes:

During 2018 several translations of the Les Cités Obscures albums were released. In Spanish we saw La sombra de un hombre, La frontera invisible and Recuerdos del Eterno Presente.

This last album was also published as Erinnerung an die ewige Gegenwart in German.

La Théorie du Grain de Sable was translated as Теория песчинки into Russian by Zangavar.

Casterman published the integral edition of Revoir Paris. The same album was also published in Japanese and Chinese. Also La Tour saw a new Chinese translation.

With the publication of the integral edition of Revoir Paris the movie À quatre mains was released online. The movie shows the corporation of Schuiten and Peeters while working on Revoir Paris.

In October the Prix de la Critique 2017/18 was made by François Schuiten and Karl Theiss.

For the start of Bozar 2018 Schuiten and his brother Luc designed a tram in Brussels; Le Tramapatte. During Bozar 2018 Benoît Peeters had a dialogue with Jean-Philippe Toussaint.

In November 2018 François Schuiten was interviewed for Tout le Baz'Art. In this interview it was suggested that François Schuiten will stop with making comics, but “When it comes to stopping comics, things are not so clear. I do not have a comic project at the moment and I do not intend to get back to it anytime soon. I have plenty of film projects, shows, books, etc. some with Benoît Peeters.

For over 35 years Schuiten and Peeters were fortunate to be able to work with the time needed to build their paper dreams. “The situation is different today but the future is still open.

Gladly there are still projects with Benoît Peeters and drawing projects to look forward to. “The Obscure Cities may also continue to extend in other forms. Everything is possible if we remain surrounded by ambition and passion”.

Like Schuiten and Peeters also explained in their interview in Le Temps: “Les Cités obscures, c’est un puzzle, mais un puzzle infini”.

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