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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 2812 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!

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18-08-2016  · Meet Schuiten and Peeters in September 2016

Meet Schuiten and Peeters in September 2016 You can meet Francois Schuiten and Benoit Peeters in September. First you can meet them in Tournai (Belgium) on September 3rd, 2016. Together with Bruno Letort they will tell the “Voyages en Utopie - Revoi…
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12-08-2016  · Revoir Paris Published In Japan

Revoir Paris Published In Japan Revoir Paris will be published in the important Japanse magazine Big Comic Original . The story will be published in 6 parts starting October 2016. The publication will in the Japanese way of reading. Except for the f…
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17-07-2016  · Schuiten and Durieux working together again

Schuiten and Durieux working together again François Schuiten and Laurent Durieux are working again together on a poster. Schuiten and Durieux worked together before on the Ars Musica poster in 2014. And they helped each other on the Shutter Island …
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Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:

14-01-2017  · François Schuiten : « Jules Verne, un maître en rebondissements »
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26-12-2016  · Aux « Arts et métiers », une exposition fait dialoguer l’oeil et l’espace
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26-12-2016  · Le Paris réinventé de Schuiten et Peeters
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17-12-2016  · Une splendide bande dessinée : Revoir Paris
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10-12-2016  · Schuiten & Peeters dévoilent un Paris familier et fantasmé
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27-11-2016  · Rencontre avec Benoit Peeters au Musée des Arts et Métiers
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27-11-2016  · Dialogues: les sérigraphies de Schuiten et Durieux exposées à Paris
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25-11-2016  · Schuiten & Peeters, quand les machines stimulent la créativité des auteurs de BD
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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:

Moebius 14-02-2017 10:14
Taniguchi, Jiro 14-02-2017 10:12
Obscure cities archives 13-02-2017 19:29
Goffin, Alain 13-02-2017 18:43
Paris 13-02-2017 18:20
Biennale du 9e art 2017 13-02-2017 16:07
Nemo (McCay) 13-02-2017 16:07
McCay, Winsor 13-02-2017 16:05
Machines à dessiner 09-02-2017 06:55

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