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Les Cités Obscures


A couple of years back on a trip to Montreal, I was searching through a bookstore there and came across this amazingly beautiful comic book. I took 5 years of french, but even reading a Tin Tin comic is a bit hard for me, since they are written for above a 3rd grade level. However I bought the comic, not understanding 90% of it. But I wanted to know more. Over the years I’ve collected a few of these volumes from random french speaking areas (canada, france, belgium), which I found out were part of a series called “Les Cités Obscures” created by a Belgian artist named François Schuiten. By now I’ve been able to get the gist of the stores about a distant land and its collection of independent city states each with a unique style, but honestly a lot of the plots are still a mystery to me.

I knew these weren’t very popular in the states, but recently I’ve found out only a couple of these hard bound comics have been reprinted in english, however I’ve stuck to picking up a french version every now and then, its makes it more of an adventure for me to translate it, and more time to admire the illustrations.

Posted by: on July 19th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (3)
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  • Jim
    7:27 pm on
    July 19, 2009

    These are gorgeous. Are the English translations readily available?


  • Stermer
    7:37 pm on
    July 19, 2009

    I added a link above to one of the english versions on amazon. The two photos above are from “L’archiviste” (printed in 1987) which as far as I can tell is not available in english. If you look up Schuiten on amazon, you should see which ones are. I think a few of them might be out of print.


  • Brittany
    9:14 pm on
    July 20, 2009

    these are quite beautiful


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