Dating in the 21st Century has become a matter of texting, smartphone apps and virtual experiences. Cites ("dates", in Catalan) mixes romantic comedy with drama in a series of first dates between several couples that have met by Internet. Up to 24 actors will participate in those dates, which will lead them to relationships and/or sexual meetings. Created by Pau Freixas and based on "Dates", by Brian Elsley.
Runtime: 50 minutes
Cites - Les Cités obscures - Netflix
Les Cités obscures (literally The Obscure Cities, but initially published in English as Cities of the Fantastic) 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 fictional world, humans live in independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilization, each characterized by a distinctive architectural style. The full series is available in most Western European languages (in French and Dutch by Casterman, in German, Spanish, and Portuguese by local publishing houses) and other French speaking countries (in francophone Canada by Editions Flammarion). While the first five books of the series had been published in English by NBM Publishing, they discontinued publishing the series in 2008, with the editions going out of print. After a successful kickstarter campaign in mid 2013, Alaxis Press (an imprint of Atomic Vision Entertainment, Inc. and named after the “sulphuric” Obscure City of Alaxis) were able to fund a complete official English-language edition of The Leaning Girl (1996; volume 6 of the official series) and Leaning Mary (1995; spin-off picture book). The Leaning Girl is slated for release in February 2014, with The Theory of the Grain of Sand to follow in November 2015. The Leaning Girl received a 2015 Eisner Award nomination as Best U.S. Edition of International Material. Alaxis Press has also stated that they plan to release the rest of the untranslated books (including all rare spin-off materials), before going back and releasing new editions of the books previously released by NBM Publishing. In 2016, Alaxis partnered with renowned and larger comic publisher IDW Publishing to give the new English-language editions a further reach, with IDW becoming the effective new North-American publisher to the series, with the original staff of Alaxis still involved.
Cites - La maison Autrique - Netflix
After having colorfully satirized the destructive modernizing fad of Bruxellisation in the Les Cités obscures album Brüsel in 1992, Schuiten and Peeters convinced the community of Schuiten's childhood district Schaerbeek to acquire one of the last remaining buildings in Brussels built by Art Nouveau architect Horta, La maison Autrique, and in 1999 opened a permanent pseudo-documentary exhibition inside, regarding the Obscure Cities, 19th century Art Nouveau Brussels, and detailing its ongoing Bruxellisation destruction during the 20th century, tying in with aforementioned conspiracy theories whereby Bruxellisation is supposed to be an attempt by the authorities to destroy a number of Obscure Passages situated in Brussels. In 2004, Schuiten and Peeters published the illustrated book La Maison Autrique: Métamorphose d'une maison Art Nouveau (published as Maison Autrique - Metamorphosis of an Art Nouveau House in English) about the building, its restoration during the 1990s, and Horta's life and work. Also, their latest Les Cités obscures two-part graphic novel album La Théorie du grain de sable (2007; 2008) deals with the maison Autrique.
Cites - References - Netflix