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 3011 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!
Benoît Peeters, de la BD à la gastronomie
Ecrivain, scénariste, professeur, Benoît Peeters est un explorateur d'images et des différentes formes de récit. Auteur avec François Schuiten de la bande dessinée culte Les Cités obscures, il s'intéresse a…
Recuerdos del eterno presente
Algunos dicen que antes había más niños en Taxandria. En cualquier caso, ahora soy el único… El último.
Edición originalEdición nacional/ España
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Preview of 2019
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Benoît Peeters will start in January 2019 a new conference series in Mus…
|Dernier Pharaon (le)||13-01-2019 16:26|
|Blake and Mortimer by François Schuiten||13-01-2019 16:24|
|2018 AD||29-12-2018 14:37|
|Las Ciudades Oscuras (Spanish translations)||23-12-2018 15:59|
|Souvenirs de l'Éternel Présent||23-12-2018 15:55|
|Obscurs chapitres||22-12-2018 13:59|
|Echo des Cités (L')||17-12-2018 20:31|
|Aux Confins des Cités Obscures||17-12-2018 20:18|
|Type 29||16-12-2018 18:28|