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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 in 2011 to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

The archives at Altaplana contain about 2841 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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16-01-2017  · Tintin Au Pays Des Soviets

Tintin Au Pays Des Soviets Dans cette chronique, vous allez entendre l’avis d’un tintinophile “ reconnu ”, François Schuiten, au sujet de la colorisation de ce qui fut la toute première aventure de Tintin. Sans être un tintinophile averti, sans …
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14-01-2017  · François Schuiten : « Jules Verne, un maître en rebondissements »

François Schuiten : « Jules Verne, un maître en rebondissements » Pour le dessinateur François Schuiten, grand admirateur de Jules Verne, rien ne vaut l’image pour embarquer le lecteur dans l’univers fantastique de l’auteur du « Tour du monde ­en q…
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31-12-2016  · Review Of 2016

Review Of 2016 At the end of 2016 it is a good moment to look back at the eventful 2016. Although it started a bit slow, it got on speed soon and ended with a huge amount of events during the last months of 2016. The release of Revoir Paris, La n…
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28-12-2016  · Preview of 2017

Preview of 2017 The end of the year is good for a review of 2016 but also for a preview of 2017. What are the plans of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters for the new year? The exhibitions Machines à dessiner, Dialogues - Schuiten / Durieux and V…
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26-12-2016  · Aux « Arts et métiers », une exposition fait dialoguer l’oeil et l’espace

Aux « Arts et métiers », une exposition fait dialoguer l’oeil et l’espace Au centre du deuxième tome de Revoir Paris, Matthias prend la main de Kârinh pour la conduire au cœur d’une capitale « rebâtie ». L’un des premiers lieux qu’ils revisitent…
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Revoir Paris T2, La nuit des constellations:

Revoir Paris tome 2 by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters

Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana:

Galaxy sculpture 21-05-2017 08:26
Aquarica 18-05-2017 14:54
LGV 1H25 14-05-2017 19:05

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