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François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters and their Les Cités Obscures

François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters and their Les Cités Obscures

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 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 2923 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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19-02-2018  · François Schuiten : « L’Affaire Jacobs nous pose à tous un cas de conscience »

François Schuiten : « L’Affaire Jacobs nous pose à tous un cas de conscience » L'affaire de la vente des planches de Jacobs par une Fondation qui était supposée préserver son patrimoine continue à faire des remous. Cette fois, c'est François Schui…
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22-01-2018  · Benoît Peeters, démarches du palais

Benoît Peeters, démarches du palais L’essayiste et scénariste de BD dévoile sa passion précoce pour la gastronomie dans «Comme un chef», une autobiographie malicieusement illustrée par les aquarelles et dessins d’Aurélia Aurita. Une escalope de…
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22-01-2018  · Interview With Luc And François Schuiten

Interview With Luc And François Schuiten Romain Giergen of Eclectrique had an interview with brothers Luc and François Schuiten about Pilote, Métal Hurlant and A Suivre. reflections, memories and philosophies.…
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Integral editions of Les Cités Obscures

Second integral edition of Les Cités Obscures

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Altaplana, archives of Les Cités Obscures 24-02-2018 14:51
Short stories 24-02-2018 14:39
Schuiten 24-02-2018 14:25
Chronicles of the Obscure Cities 24-02-2018 13:28
12 La Douce 24-02-2018 12:53
Théorie du Grain de Sable (La) 24-02-2018 12:50
Archiviste (L') 24-02-2018 12:45
Souvenirs de l'Éternel Présent 24-02-2018 12:43
Fièvre d'Urbicande (La) 24-02-2018 12:40
Tour (La) 24-02-2018 12:39

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