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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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25-02-2017  · Sur Les Cites Obscures Et La Bande Dessinee Franco-belge

Sur Les Cites Obscures Et La Bande Dessinee Franco-belge 谷口ジローと親交が厚かったフランスの漫画脚本家・作家のブノワ・ペータース(Benoit Peeters)さん。ペータースさんが作画家のフランソワ・スクイテンさんのコラボレーションして生み出したバンドデシネ(BD、漫画)「闇の国々」は1982年以来、13冊が出版され、谷口ジローも一目置いていたという作品です。欧州のバンドデシネ(漫画)の歴史はこの作品なしにしては語れないほど大…
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18-02-2017  · The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic Trim that handlebar and brush off that bustle. North American English speakers finally get to experience the steampunk splendour of the exemplary Obscure Cities series of graphic novels…
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18-02-2017  · Art of Graphic Novels at Arts et Métiers

Art of Graphic Novels at Arts et Métiers Are you interested in futuristic graphic novels? machines? retro drawings? You may be interested in the graphic novel, “Paris Revoir”. A recent exhibition in Paris uses instruments, models, machines from th…
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28-01-2017  · « Réintroduire de la fiction pour rendre la ville habitable » – François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters

« Réintroduire de la fiction pour rendre la ville habitable » – François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters Le festival de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême, qui s’ouvre ce jeudi, nous offre l’occasion de parler des liens intimes qui nouent le Neuvième Art et…
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28-01-2017  · Review: You’ll want to visit the ‘The Obscure Cities’

Review: You’ll want to visit the ‘The Obscure Cities’ The second English language volume in French/Belgian team Benoit Peeters and François Schuiten‘s The Obscure Cities series, this was recently revived through a Kickstarter campaign by Alaxis…
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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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