The second response I got from the 100 letters I mailed out was from one Liane Elliot. Someone who was very active in the fandom back in the day. “I was quite surprised to see your letter as it has been so long since my address was in the Marvel ‘Transformers’ comic.” She responded.
Her letter in the 80s Marvel comic read:
I am a member of a Transformers fan club called the TransMasters. The club started in 1984, and our current membership stands at 45, and we’re looking to expand still further. We have several talented artists and most every member has written Transformer related stories. We are an international club with members in the US, UK, and Canada. If possible, we’d like to open up a line of communication between ourselves and a concerned party at Marvel. I await your response expectantly.
Gig Harbor, WA
Now, 30ish years later we get to hear from Liane once again.
Youseph: How did you discover the Transformers?
Transformers was part of the afternoon cartoon lineup. I’d catch it right after getting home from school.
Youseph: Where did you get your Transformers comics from?
I originally discovered there was a comic in a shop at the B & I in Tacoma. But the shop keeper didn’t have back issues so I ended up at O’Learys’ comic shop. When it closed up, due to the health of the owner, I went to Lady Jayne’s comic shop until she closed. Then to Comic Book Inc until I became unemployed and couldn’t afford comics anymore.
Youseph: What compelled you to write to the comic?
Simply put I felt that any true fan would want to be included in a fan club so wrote in to let those fans know that one existed. It got a number of responses and every once in a great while I still get a letter, like your own. You are lucky that I’m one of those people that stick around where they grew up.
Youseph: What was it like to see your letter printed in the back of the comic?
I was thrilled to see it and looked forward to hearing from fans who wanted to be part of the fan club.
Youseph: Who are you today and are you still a Transformers fan?
I’m not sure what you mean by ‘who’. I’m still me. I’m just older, wiser and all that comes from 30 years of living. Yes I am still a fan.
I asked Liane to give me some background history on the TransMasters fan club.
- Transmasters FaceBoo group
- Transmasters UK FaceBook group
- Addicted to Transformers FaceBook group
- Transformers Hall of Fame FaceBook group