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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 2875 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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24-06-2017  · Little Nemo fait rêver Cherbourg

Little Nemo fait rêver Cherbourg La 8e biennale du 9e Art de Cherbourg met le cap cette année sur l’Amérique. Jusqu’au 1er octobre 2017, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin accueille une rétrospective Winsor McCay unique au monde, rassemblant une soixantaine p…
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24-06-2017  · Benoît Peeters: “El cómic sufre un déficit de legitimidad”

Benoît Peeters: “El cómic sufre un déficit de legitimidad” Guionista y escritor. Biógrafo de Derrida, experto en Hergé, es autor de tebeos que reflexionan sobre nuevos espacios urbanos Benoît Peeters (París, 1956) y François Schuiten (Bruselas, 1…
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24-06-2017  · Benoit Peeters: "Las grandes ciudades corren el peligro de convertirse en museos para ricos"

Benoit Peeters: "Las grandes ciudades corren el peligro de convertirse en museos para ricos" * El famoso guionista ha presentado en Madrid el cómic Volver a París * Una historia futurista en la que París se ha convertido en un gigantesco muse…
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24-06-2017  · La Biennale de la BD à Cherbourg consacrée à un pionnier : Winsor McCay

La Biennale de la BD à Cherbourg consacrée à un pionnier : Winsor McCay La Biennale 2017 de la BD à Cherbourg ouvre en beauté avec une rétrospective sur Winsor McCay. Un des pères fondateurs de la BD aux Etats-Unis, à l'origine aussi des premiers …
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03-05-2017  · Schuiten nominated for 2017 Eisner Awards

Schuiten nominated for 2017 Eisner Awards François Schuiten has been nominated for the 2017 Eisner Awards in San Diego! François is nominated as best penciller/inker for the album The Theory of the Grain of Sand . This album is published by IDW. …
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Integral editions of Les Cités Obscures

First integral edition of Les Cités Obscures

Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana

Comme un chef 20-10-2017 10:47
Les Cités Obscures - La Fièvre d'Urbicande 18-10-2017 19:46
Schuiten and Sokal at Brüsel 18-10-2017 08:38
Aquarica 14-10-2017 13:51
Brüsel 23rd birthday 14-10-2017 10:41
Ouest France with Benoît Sokal 09-10-2017 21:40
Concert Dessiné live at Fibda10‬ 08-10-2017 17:20

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