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An archive of previous fanzine projects that were released in the nineties. (This section is still heavily a work-in-progress).



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The Transmasters club dates back to 1986 and the very first newsletter, Trans-Action goes back February 1990 (the earliest issue I have access to is May 1991). Many of the first issues were very simple in their layouts while the last few had a more fancy font title and columns/boxes. Many of the early issues also featured "for sale" lists, etc. too.
Trans-Action
ended with issue #29, April 1992.


When the secretary of the time, Liane Elliot quit the club, the TA newsletter also ceased publication (she produced it). It was quickly replaced with the short-lived Trans-Action II (which had an issue zero before changing into The Cybertronian. The Cybertronian lasted three issues further and aburptly ceased publication.

The Cybertronian went from November 1992 (as TAII) and lasted until February 1993 (#0 - #3).



Auto-Update was started by former club President Tony Buchanan, gathering together the fan club again after the meltdown that occurred at the time. AU ran 77 issues, from before the internet gained popularity (starting May 1993) until 2000, keeping all kinds of TF fans up-to-date on the current TF news as well as spotlighting other fan productions (such as the fanzines listed below). Tony was there for the first BotCon in 1994, did a companion quarterly magazine called Teletran (full of stories, art, etc.) and even kept a TF artifact list that compiled all of the TF merchandise up to that point.


Auto-Update #1 - #77 (May 1993 - 2000).

Teletran #1 - #8 (1993 - 1999)

To view old issues of TransAction, The Cybertronian and Auto-Update, click HERE.



Transmasters UK also had a newsletter. TransTalk was an early newsletter they did which changed to TransWord with issue #5 and then became Informer at issue #6. (by Andy Dornan, Matt Dallas and Martin McVay).
Informer ran 33 issues total (including its previous titles), from June 1991 to May 1995.
Informer, Generation 2 replaced it (February 1995) and ran some length (uncertain how long).

In addition to their newsletters, TMUK had a long running Transformers: The Continued Generation 2 fan comic that continued the story left off from Marvel's TF G2 #12. This comic was notable at the time for getting some fan talent like Nick Roche to draw it. (It ran 36 issues, including both comic and text stories in each issue). 

The UK club did Trans-Strip (Matt Dallas. Fan comic, Jan. 1992 - Sept. 1994, 24 issues); Transmasters Universe (ran at around thirty issues, 1995 - 2003) and likely some more fanzines in there I've overlooked. :)

The Transmasters UK club had a vast tight-knit story continuity and it was hard for some of us outside of it to keep track of it all. If there is more substantial information to be added here, please contact me and let me know. Email tkphoton at hotmail.com 

Apparently TMUK is now doing a fanzine called Hubris.

More on that and other matters, here:
http://www.the-hub.co.uk/

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Several early TF fanzines were Trans-Script (one issue, 1992. Note that there was also a Trans-Scrypt later which was no relation). Also, TransArt (a collection of various TF art from what I can tell--only one issue exists); TransText (storyzine by Mark Tisdale at the time. It ran 11 issues, April 1991 - May 1995). An earlier president, Alex Jones, also did a fanzine called Matrix, which went two issues and contained stories, etc.
(More information on these early efforts will be added if and when I can obtain it).

In more recent years, Transmasters has run a quarterly magazine and as well as a comic series.For more information that, click HERE.



Not a fanzine but an incredibly useful fan resouerce was released in 2005 by Peter Phelps. The Transmasters International Archive CD-ROM. It has several old issues of fanzines on it, such as some of TransAction, Auto-Update, BOP, Unofficial Beast Wars Comic, etc. Additionally, it has tech specs, old TF toy catalogues and much more!






Other fanzines and fan projects...

At the height of their popularity in the mid-nineties there were literally dozens of Transformers fanzines out there. Many lasted only a few issues while a few went the distance. Today most of the fanzines have been replaced by fan websites since they're seen as being cheaper to create and share with others (as well as much quicker to distribute new information). Some of the fanzines below were directly affiliated with the Transmasters club while others were not but are included here for historical interest.


Conquest. This fanzine was produced by Raksha and dedicated exclusively to the Decepticon point of view, which made it a unique and interesting production. The fanzine went from the early 90s to sometime in the early 00s.

Transformers: The Victory Saga was a short-lived six issue fan comic that apparently focused on the Victory concept characters.
Victory Saga ran six issues (date uncertain but it was between 1992-93).




Trans-Spoof. A TF comic strip written/drawn by Tim Finn that was quite popular among the TF fandom. It ran from 1994 to about 2002 approximately (the last several issues came out on an annual basis).
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Cillacon. Holding the distinction of being a Canadian produced TF fanzine, Cillacon was a general focus TF fanzine that contained stories and artwork, produced by Marg D. (aka Jettara). It ran about eight large issues over the span of about five years (at least sixteen issues were produced). Marg also was responsible for a Beast Wars fan comic called Beast Wars: Bloodlines (along with Patricia P. (aka Zaanai) which ran seven issues.


Trans-Scrypt. Produced from Spring 1994 until Summer 1996, Trans-Scrypt was another general focus TF fanzine from Canada, focusing primarily on TF stories and artwork. It ran eleven issues in total, many of which were quite large in size. It was produced by Tony K. (aka Thunder).In addition to Trans-Scrypt, Tony K. co-wrote/produced  BOP (below) and did one-shot spotlights for Optimus Prime and Megatron (see www.karmicsalt.org/fanzines.html )
Balance of Power. A storyzine that started out as an alternate continuation of the original Marvel TF comic, BOP was started by Thomas Z. then continued by Tony K. and later Matt K. BOP holds the distinction of running for 35 issues total and over a span of 16 years (with some breaks of time in there). Unlike many TF stories, it actually does have a proper ending to it. 

BOP archive:
www.karmicsalt.org/boparchive.html




TransNet was published by Matthew S. (aka Chief) and ran for only three issues (1999-00). It focused on general TF news and information.
Poetry and Verse of the Transformers was published by Matt K. (aka Talon). He did three separate volumes over the course of about three years (the first volume was the largest). As the title suggests, the fanzine was full of TF themed poems and so on. Truly a unique production. In addition to this project, Matt wrote stories for just about every TF fanzine going at the time as well as Talon's Talons (TF humor articles) in some of the earlier newsletters. He also contributed to and produced some of the Balance of Power fanzine.
  Matt has since gone on to be a professional fiction writer.

http://www.freewebs.com/talonspiritcat/index.htm




Comic Smorgasborg was a one-shot comic produced by David Kolodny-Nagy and released around the time of BotCon '94 (the very first one). It was the first ever TF fanzine to have a professionally produced cover (the letters are in metallic gold ink) and a b/w white interior pages. (I believe a second volume was planned but never materialized).
The Unofficial Beast Wars Transformers comic was by Peter Phelps (also the current Transmasters President). The comic ran five issues.



Overlord II was the official magazine of The Survivors TF fan club (which was started by the former TM Club Secretary Liane Elliot after she left the club). Overlord II was produced on a quarterly basis and contained a variety of TF art, stories and articles. (The cover used here is drawn by Nick Roche). OII went for some time, running twenty two issues in total.
Transformers Bootleg came out at BotCon 05 (the first year of Fun Publications doing the convention). By that time, virtually no TF fanzines were left so it was a nice call-back to a simpler time. The fanzine was by Jennifer U. (aka Trixster), Robert S (aka Shumworld), and Bill H. (aka Fang).


There were many, many more TF fanzines produced and more will be added to this section over time.