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The World’s Most Affordable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cardboard Costuming Convention

The 7th Annual Cardboard*Con
will be on Saturday March 5, 2016!!

Welcome to Cardboard*Con!

Cardboard*Con is the world's most affordable science fiction / fantasy convention, and the first dedicated to the art of cardboard costuming. Accidentally founded in 2010 by Captain Drew of the original cardboard troopers, Cardboard*Con has gone on to attract tens of devoted attendees and such guests as Cardboard Boxxa Fett(ucinni). Held annually in downtown Atlanta, Cardboard*Con is a family-friendly "traveling" convention which spans several convention hotels over the course of 5 hours, providing a significant positive economic and spiritual impact on the city as a whole. Cardboard*Con is more efficient than other science fiction conventions held in Atlanta, as it eschews the outdated and inefficient "volunteer system" in favor of the "you're in charge of yourself" system.

The original cardboard troopers in 2005

Cardboard*Con believes in you.

2015 Final Schedule

The mid-2014 ProStaff & Volunteer Meeting was postponed due to a miscommunication about the location of the meeting and by the time the officers had decided upon a new location all of our volunteers had quit, so be prepared for long lines entering the Dealer's Room again this year. Mind you, our long lines are nowhere as ridiculous as those at an Atlanta-based Labor Day science fiction convention that shall go unnamed††. Also: we have decided to not hide our vendors in a strange building comprised entirely of alcoves. Our vendors will be at an unmarked hotel 7 blocks away. Let's see the other convention top that!!

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Meehan's Irish Pub at the Westin Peachtree Plaza
  • 8:00pm - 8:30pm - PARADE to Marriott Marquis (route TBD)
  • 8:30pm - 9:30pm - Pulse Bar at Marriott Marquis
  • 9:30pm - Midnight - Trader Vic's (in the basement of the Atlanta Hilton)
  • 10:00pm - Midnight - Panels and Photo-Ops at various bars & hotels
  • The body of the convention will party it out at Trader Vic's, but all are welcome to wander and look for panel discussions, remembering to adhere to the rules and regulations of guest behavior set forth by each hotel :)
  • 11:00pm - Midnight - The Winner's Circle : Exclusive After Party at TBA
  • 12:45am - 1:30am - We hope that you're home asleep by this time, as we will be after having sneaked away around 9pm. But, if you get peckish, there IS the Metro Diner faily close by.

2014 Review

Cardboard*Con 2014 was held on Saturday, March 1st, the anniversary of the founding of our sister city Rio de Janeiro. Attendees told us that our 2013 convention set the bar quite high and despite concerns about a pending garbage strike the traditional nighttime "Paper Parade" up Peachtree Street was executed flawlessly by many who were new to our nerdy science fiction convention. In a shocking reversal of our 2013 policy, our Executive Board expressed a strong desire that we ignore our mission statement of "quality over quantity" and abandon our attempts to cap our attendance at 15 individuals. And we challenged other conventions in Atlanta (which shall go unnamed) to follow our practice of really packing the crowds in!! Despite our enormous attendance levels, Cardboard*Con was able to guarantee that you would NEVER wait 2 hours in line to see William Shatner and we challenged our colleagues in the sci-fi convention industry to follow our example.

  • Our badj system was FIXED!!! Investment in industry-standards won us a nomination for the Kulpepper Registration Award for 2014!
  • Badj prices were reduced by MORE than half every 3 months as we approach the 5th Anniversary!
  • The parade was astonishingly popular and people from all over the world gathered to watch!!
  • Elevator & Escalator rides were a crowd favorite and will be back next year!

2013 Review

  • Cardboard*Con 2013 was held on Saturday, March 2, the anniversary of the Bank of England issuing the one and two pound bank notes.
  • due to frigid weather and a malfunctioning badj system the 2013 con experienced a set-back in attendance
  • the confluence of adverse conditions resulted in THE BEST CON OF EVER!!!!
  • Boxzilla won 1st prize in the costume contest (see our list of winners!)
  • We had a super fun dance party with the Beta Club this year!
  • The Mother Nature Network came to party with us!
  • Peter Ogilvie of Pop Tab Photos shot some awesome photos of the night!

2012 Review

  • Cardboard*Con 2012 was held on Saturday, March 3, the birthday of American singer Tone Lōc.
  • this was our biggest con yet - an enormous turnout!!
  • the most fabulous costumes yet!! (see our list of winners!)
  • Joe's Sticky Stuff provided prizes for our costume contest!

Please see the Membership page for details on admittance to Cardboard*Con 2013.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to events beyond our control J-45b cardboard supplies from Copehagen will once again be unavailable until AFTER this year's con, so the panel on European cardboard folding techniques may not happen. Please stay tuned.


† - at Cardboard*Con no schedule is ever "final".

†† - but it rhymes with "WagonSwan".

‡ - by "parade" we mean an orderly procession across the street, through the Hyatt, into the Marriott.

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