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François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters and the Obscure Cities

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, Benoît Peeters and their Les Cités Obscures

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 civilisation, each characterised 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.

And although not all their work is officially related to the Obscure Cities, they all seem to fit somehow in the concept of their Les Cités Obscures.

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 type=pages pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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11-07-2022  · Une légende de la BD belge au service de l’armée française

Une légende de la BD belge au service de l’armée française Rendu célèbre par sa série « Les Cités obscures » et unanimement apprécié pour son talent à créer des mondes parallèles, François Schuiten relève dans l’ombre un nouveau défi : il travai…
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26-06-2022  · François Schuiten relance l’imaginaire des Cités obscures à Amiens

François Schuiten relance l’imaginaire des Cités obscures à Amiens François Schuiten évoquera dimanche 26 juin aux Rendez-vous de la bande dessinée d’Amiens son lien étroit avec la capitale picarde et la puissance de la fiction pour modeler l’aveni…
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20-02-2022  · Benoît Peeters : « L’Histoire de la bande dessinée est en devenir »

Benoît Peeters : « L’Histoire de la bande dessinée est en devenir » Scénariste, écrivain, théoricien de la bande dessinée, Benoît Peeters propose, avec « 3 minutes pour comprendre 50 moments-clés de l’histoire de la bande dessinée », une découverte…
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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana

St-Pierre, Sylvain 05-08-2022 22:20
Cities of the Fantastic / Obscure Cities (English translations) 25-07-2022 08:17
Peeters, Benoît 12-07-2022 20:13
Octopus garden 27-06-2022 20:25
Mysterious return of Captain Nemo (The) 27-06-2022 20:23
Moby-Train 27-06-2022 20:12
Meudon Vision 2040 27-06-2022 19:56
"Labyrinthes du rêve" exhibition 26-06-2022 12:35
Archiviste (L') 26-06-2022 12:20
Aquarica - the albums 26-06-2022 12:15

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