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Obscure cities archives

Welcome to Altaplana the place on the internet dedicated to 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 civilization, each characterized 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.

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 to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

The archives at Altaplana have already 1983 pages and is growing day by day.


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Latest news on Les Cités Obscures

21-03-2014  · Original artwork by Schuiten at auction Christie's

Auction house Christie's will hold an auction of original comic artwork. This auction will be held in Paris on Saturday April 5, 2014 . Also two pieces by François Schuiten are part of the auction. La Barbarie Expected price: 15.000-17.000 euros …
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26-02-2014  · Exclusive first peak at Revoir Paris

End of 2014 François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters will release a new album: Revoir Paris. A history of science fiction around Paris. The album will have two volumes with a total of about 110 pages. The first 41 pages are ready and delivered to Casterm…
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08-02-2014  · Aquarica selected as Frontières market project

Aquarica is selected for the third Frontières market edition. Aquarica was born out of a collaboration between Martin Villeneuve, writer, director, producer and TED2013 speaker, and European comic book masters François Schuiten & Benoît Sokal. Ville…
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30-01-2014  · Schuiten and Peeters at 15e Salon du livre de jeunesse

[15e Salon du livre de jeunesse] The 15th Salon du livre de jeunesse will be held from March 3 till 9, 2014 in Saint Germain Les Arpajon. Luc Schuiten is the guest of honor. His “Vegetal City” exposition can been visited the whole week during the eve…
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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana:

Valéry. Tenter de vivre 17-04-2014 16:19
Coulisses des Cités Obscures (Les) 16-04-2014 17:18
Aquarica 16-04-2014 05:35
Frontière invisible in “Textes en Musique” 13-04-2014 06:49
Twilight Cities (the) 12-04-2014 15:42
Fulton, Kristopher 12-04-2014 15:28
Las Ciudades Oscuras (Spanish) 12-04-2014 14:22
Leaning Girl (the) 09-04-2014 05:08
2015 AD 09-04-2014 05:06
Revoir Paris (Exhibition) 09-04-2014 05:05

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