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May 19th, 2011, 2:47 pm
Cities of the Fantastic by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten
Requirements: CBR Reader. 384 MB.
Overview: Les Cités obscures (English translation Cities of the Fantastic, while fans of the series prefer the more faithful name The Obscure Cities) is a graphic novel series set on a Counter-Earth, started by the Belgian comics artist François Schuiten and his friend, writer Benoît Peeters in the early 1980s. In this imaginary world, humans live in independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilization, though all are in some way focused on architecture and architectural styles.

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Cities of the Fantastic / Les Cités obscures
    Story: Benoît Peeters
    Art: François Schuiten
    Original title: Les Cités obscures, French
    Original French publisher: Casterman, 1983-1992

      01. Les murailles de Samaris (1983, published 1987 in English as The Great Walls of Samaris (Stories of the Fantastic))
      02. La fièvre d'Urbicande (1985, published 1990 in English as Fever in Urbicand (Cities of the Fantastic), translated by Jean-Marc Lofficier & Randy Lofficier)
      03. La Tour (1987, published 1993 in English as The Tower (Stories of the Fantastic) translated by Jean-Marc Lofficier & Randy Lofficier)
      04. La route d'Armilia (1988, available in English as "The Road to Armilia" (unofficial edition))
      05. Brüsel (1992, published 2001 in English as Brüsel (Cities of the Fantastic))
      06. L'enfant penchée (1996, English manuscript translation available, but the album remains unpublished)
      07. L'ombre d'un homme (1999)
      08. La frontière invisible, Volume 1 (2002, published in English as The Invisible Frontier (Cities of the Fantastic))
      09. La frontière invisible, Volume 2 (2004, published in English as The Invisible Frontier (Cities of the Fantastic))
      10. La Théorie du grain de sable, Volume 1 (2007)
      11. La Théorie du grain de sable, Volume 2 (2008)

      All volumes of the official series are available in most Western European languages (in French and Dutch by Casterman, in German, Spanish, and Portuguese by local publishing houses), whereas as of 2008 only few of them have been published in English by NBM Publishing. Recently, Editions Flammarion has taken up publication of the series in francophone Canada.

      Schuiten's graphic representations and architectural styles within Les Cités obscures is, among other historical themes, heavily influenced by Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta responsible for much of 19th century Brussels. Another recurring motif is the so-called process of increasing Bruxellisation, denoting the modern destruction of this historic Brussels in favor of anonymous office and business buildings patterned after a hasty, pseudo-modernist idea of New York's Manhattan since the 1960s. Coming from a family of architects, a number of Schuiten's relatives, especially his father and brothers, were instrumental in the Bruxellisation trend destroying much of the historic Brussels setting the background of Schuiten's and Peeters' 1950s childhood memories living in the city. Schuiten himself was brought up to study architecture by his father, both in university and early on at home, while young Schuiten preferred to pursue his escape to the world of Franco-Belgian bandes dessinées such as those he found in the magazine Pilote that his older brother introduced him to, with René Goscinny, Morris, and André Franquin among his early favorites.

      Around 1980, having become an emerging established graphic novel artist who had made himself a name publishing in Métal Hurlant and creating a number of standalone albums, Schuiten began drafting a parallel world of vintage architectural splendor reflecting his childhood memories of Brussels, a world which can be reached primarily through remaining buildings of these times gone by. In an ongoing attempt to prevent the spread of knowledge of this parallel world, mostly faceless authorities in our world increasingly have these buildings wrecked down, and in Schuiten's world this was the true reason for chaotic, headless Bruxellisation where functional and organic buildings were wrecked down in favor of seemingly useless and confusing structures such as ill-planned roads, detours, freeways, and anonymous office buildings that destroyed the organic fabric of a city and resulted in rather dysfunctional traffic and living routines.

      Approaching his friend Peeters, who by now had become a comic writer, about this imaginary world, Peeters infused his own philosophical ideas into plot lines he developed for the project, and in 1982 the first Les Cités obscures album, Les murailles de Samaris, began publication as a serial in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine À Suivre. Requiring a few revised editions of the early albums, the basic tenets and elements of Le monde obscure are laid down since the late 1980s.

Download Instructions:
Cities of the Fantastic 01 The Walls of Samaris (1983)
Cities of the Fantastic 02 Fever in Urbicand (1985)
Cities of the Fantastic 03 The Tower (1987)
Cities of the Fantastic 04 The Road to Armilia (1988)
Cities of the Fantastic 05 Brusel (1992)
Cities of the Fantastic 06 The Leaning Child (1996) New!
Cities of the Fantastic 07 -- N/A
Cities of the Fantastic 08 The Invisible Frontier part 1 (2002) New!
Cities of the Fantastic 09 The Invisible Frontier part 2 (2004) New!
Cities of the Fantastic Utopias

May 19th, 2011, 2:47 pm

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May 19th, 2011, 6:59 pm
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May 19th, 2011, 6:59 pm

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Jul 21st, 2013, 8:53 pm
Added updates:

    Cities of the Fantastic 06 The Leaning Child (1996)
    Cities of the Fantastic 08 The Invisible Frontier part 1 (2002)
    Cities of the Fantastic 09 The Invisible Frontier part 2 (2004)

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Jan 15th, 2014, 10:09 pm
Please post a mirror for Cities of the fantastic 2. Novafile link is for Premium users only.
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OP is temporarily unavailable. A mirror for this release is welcome.
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Jan 22nd, 2014, 3:44 am
Weelee wrote:OP is temporarily unavailable. A mirror for this release is welcome.


Mirrors, plus volumes 7, 10 and 11.

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