Beno t Peeters was born in Paris on August 28, 1956. After publishing two novels early in his career, he experimented with diverse genres- essay, biography, illustrated story, photo novel, film, television, radio theater and of course comics.An Herge specialist, he has written three books to date on the subject- The World of Herge, Herge, Son of Tintin, and Read Tintin. He is also the author of several books on comics, storyboards and biographical studies on Hitchcock, Nadar, Jacques Derrida and Paul Valery.Fran ois Schuiten was born in Brussels on April 26, 1956, into a family of architects.Early in his career, he created two graphic novels with Claude Renard, Cymbiola and Rail. Then with his brother Luc, he created three graphic novels in the Hollow Grounds series. Since 1980, he has worked with Beno t Peeters on The Obscure Cities series. His graphic novels have been translated into a dozen languages and have received numerous international awards. He has also created many illustrations, posters and postage stamps across Europe. In 2002, he received the prestigious lifetime achievement award from the Angouleme festival. He published his first solo effort, The Beauty, in 2012, and designed a train museum, Train World, which opened in Brussels in 2015. His 2014 exhibition and accompanyingbook, Revoir Paris, has met with international praise.