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Cardboard*Con

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 Cardboard*Con is more efficient than other science fiction conventions held in Atlanta, as it eschews the outdated and inefficient "volunteer system" in favor of the "you're in charge of yourself" system.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.


2016 Final Schedule

This year the 2016 Cardboard*Con Convention has been transformed into an opportunity to give Cardboard Americans everywhere a voice in the world. Too long have we been marginalized, set aside, stacked, sorted, weighed, and delivered unto others who have a far greater voice than ourselves. NO MORE!! In 2016 Cardboard will have a say in the way this country is run!!! This year we are encouraging everyone to cluster together and discuss the issues that affect us all, from the sorry state of shoddy cardboard quality coming from Eastern Europe to the way that none of the other leading party candidates will even mention the new organic inks being used (and abused) by fatcat barcode printing companies in coordination with insurgent socialist media(ist) groups. WHO WILL SAVE US???

  • 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.

2015 Review

The 6th Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015, the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Craonne. A few attendees told us that our convention "needed more nudity"" but we believe those attendees to have been a group of women on a bachelorette party and wholly unreliable in aspects of our science fiction and fantasy culture. In a shocking reversal of the reversal of our 2014 policy, our Executive Board have demanded that we stick with our mission statement of "quality over quantity" and cap our attendance at 15,000 attendees so BUY YOUR BADJ as SOON AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE!! And we continue to challenge 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.

  • Mandi was NOT eaten by the escalator!
  • Our dance with the Beta Society was cut short due to miscommunication.
  • Terrific weather!!

2014 Review

The 5th Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 1st, 2014, 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

The 4th Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, 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!)
  • HEATHER BROWN!!!
  • 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

The 3rd Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, the birthday of American singer Tone Lōc.

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.

Footnotes

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

†† - tasteful, please.

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

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