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Ramón F. Bachs (Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona, Spain, 1973) is a comic-book artist who has worked in many of the Star Wars comics series.

A fan of Star Wars for all his life, he thinks he is not a collector, though he did have a great number of Kenner action figures some years ago.

He studied for five years at Escuela de Cómic Joso, in Barcelona, Spain, with some of his influences Bruce Timm and Jeff Smith.

He published his first professional job, Mantícore, on 1996, with scripts by Josep Busquets and under the wing of Camaleón Editorial. Mantícore was well-considered by the critics, and it had two sequels, a mini-series and a one-shot. Bachs remembers well this work, saying that he learned much while doing it, and he would like to take the character again, some day.

After that, he would do some works for the Spanish market, including Yinn (four-part series for Laberinto) and its prequel, Castor y Pólux (one-shot for Dude), both written by Josep María Polls. He would also return with his previous writer, Josep Busquets, in two one-shots, Saturn Babe and Fanhunter: Goldenpussy.

In 1999, Ramón F. Bachs received the prize in the Salón del Cómic de Barcelona, the most important Comic Convention in Spain, as the best new author (ex aqueo with Sergio Córdoba). His work was noticed by Phil Amara, then publisher of Dark Horse, who showed interest. After some illustrations for Spy-Boy, Bachs would began with more important titles, like the cross-over Joker / Mask

He has since illustrated several 'Star Wars' mini-series, including Jango Fett: Open Seasons, Jedi vs. Sith, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell and Starfighter: Crossbones, as well as some non-Star Wars titles like Striker Z and Gen 13 for DC Comics and Wildstorm.

Due to continuity issues, Dark Horse supervises Bachs' work, apparently with great interest in the lightsaber models. However, Bachs usually complains because he is not provided with real material to base his work in, except for well-known books and a few images from ILM. Even as he had to work with the character of Quinlan Vos, he was not provided with the image of Vos in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace where Vos appears as a background character. Similarly, Bachs illustrated Starfighter: Crossbones, including many characters from the video-game Star Wars: Starfighter, but he was denied any access to the game.

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He considers that Jedi Vs. Sith is his best Star Wars work and he usually says he would like to work again with Jedi Vs. Sith writer Darko Macan.

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