Obscure cities archives
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 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 contain about 2349 pages and are growing day by day.
Latest news by La Lumière:
25-04-2015 · Eisner awards 2015 nominations!
Eisner awards 2015 nominations!
On April 22, 2015 the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2015 were announced for the awards ceremony that will take place on July 10th during San Diego Comic-Con International. The nominees, chosen …
Les fauteuils volants is a non-profit organisation that helps and supports people with disabilities. The association organizes on April 25, 2015 a benefit night for the project Jangada. Jangada is a supportive housing project to p…
12 La Douce translated in English
12 La Douce the one shot album by François Schuiten will be translated into English. Steve Smith, the publisher of Alaxis Press announced this news on his Facebook page on March 20, 2015 . Steve is already respons…
Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:
17-03-2015 · François Schuiten: le palais de justice est confronté à une "lente et irrémédiable agonie"
15-03-2015 · Benoît Peeters, scénariste de Revoir Paris
12-03-2015 · Exhibit: François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters’ Revoir Paris Reimagines the Future of Yesteryear
12-03-2015 · Tintin writer: ‘Copyright has always been a battle’
21-02-2015 · « Revoir Paris », les rêves passés de la mégapole du futur
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