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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 3358 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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27-01-2019  · 1987 - La Torre - Peeters Y Schuiten

1987 - La Torre - Peeters Y Schuiten La primera historia de ese gran universo de ficción en que se han convertido “Las Ciudades Oscuras” apareció en junio de 1982 en las páginas de la revista francesa de comic “(A Suivre)”, donde empezó a seriali…
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20-01-2019  · Douze dessins de François Schuiten

Douze dessins de François Schuiten À l’issue de l’exposition Machines à dessiner, qui s’est tenue d’octobre 2016 à février 2017 au musée des Arts et Métiers, François Schuiten a proposé d’offrir à l’institution douze des nombreux dessins présentés …
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13-01-2019  · Benoît Peeters, de la BD à la gastronomie

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…
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Integral editions of Les Cités Obscures

Integral editions of Les Cités Obscures

Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana

Renard, Claude 18-02-2019 18:22
Global Cities Makers Forum 18-02-2019 18:15
Le Dernier Pharaon (ex-libris) 18-02-2019 17:57
Renard 17-02-2019 18:16
Blake and Mortimer by François Schuiten 17-02-2019 17:44
Dernier Pharaon (le) 09-02-2019 13:17
Nebula 07-02-2019 12:35
Jugendcity 07-02-2019 12:32
Les Cités Obscures integrals 06-02-2019 08:07
Ο ΠΥΡΕΤΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΟΥΡΜΠΙΚΑΝΔΗΣ (Greek translations) 03-02-2019 08:55

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