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Cardboard*Con

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

The 9th Annual Cardboard*Con
will be on Saturday March 3, 2018!!

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 Cardboard*Con is more efficient than other science fiction conventions held in Atlanta, as it eschews the outdated and inefficient "volunteer system" in favor of the "you're in charge of yourself" system.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


2018 : Jurassic Box

Jurassic Box is the 9th installment of an American science fiction convention centered on a disastrous attempt to encourage people to escape the confinement of their daily lives, dress up in cardboard costumes and rampage against the ho-hum grin of daily life. It began in 2010 when Captain Drew accidentally founded the convention after having an argument with a man about a dumpster.

The convention was successful and even though Steven Spielberg was not directly involved it was nonetheless followed by a string of successful sequels. Numerous articles based on the convention have been written by various news outlets, in spite of their best judgment and the strenuous objections of their editorial staffs.

This year’s theme “Jurassic Box” is the least effective attempt at the pun in years, which (surprisingly) is expected to bode well for attendance, which typically numbers in the dozens. To date the convention has not grossed a farthing, though Captain Drew is rumored to have been in talks to convert the convention into condominiums, like everything else in Atlanta.

Dance Contest Rules:

  • Game rule one: all couples must wear cardboard.
  • Game rule two: during the dance contest, if your head falls off you must leave the floor immediately OR ELSE!
  • Game rule three: run if you get caught

2018 Schedule

  • 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 - 11:30 - Panels and Photo-Ops at various bars & hotels
  • Midnight - 1:30am - Winner's Box : Exclusive After Party at Metro Diner.

2017 Review

The 8th Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 and was largely believed to have been the best Cardboard*Con ever! This year's event saw an influx of magnificent Japanimation videogame type style costumes that made everybody go, like, "woah!!". Like, for real. Did you see the pictures?? Did you follow us on The Cardboard*Con Official Instagram Page???? Our Con Suite won a Fielder Award for Sci-Fi conventions, the only convention in the southeast to take this coveted prize! Our history of corrugation panel was standing room only. SO. MUCH. CHEERING. Another popular Atlanta convention asked all of our guests to sign an agreement to NEVER mention their convention while at our convention because of a fear of "guilt by association". Jealous much??? There was a marked decrease in chafing this year, thanks to the new "MoistFold™" cardboard products coming out of New Zealand and due to improved bathing practices by our attendees. Take THAT Dragon Con!!! Our guests spent time posing for photos with attendees - it was pretty rad.

  • Cardboard Ferengi are far more disturbingly sexy than anyone could have guessed
  • Fan fiction is difficult to write, read, or hear from inside a cardboard box.
  • Gummed tape was confirmed "not edible".

2016 Review

The 7th Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 5th, 2016, which was also the 442nd birthday of Frederick IV, Elector Palatine. This year's event tested the very heart of the cardboard republic as a range of unqualified candidates vied for the role of supreme leader of cardboard. Many insults were thrown. Many feelings were hurt. Much food and beer was consumed. In a by-now-completely-anticipated reversal of the reversal of the reversal of our 2014 policy, our Executive Board have demanded that we go with a brand new mission statement of "GET OUT OF OUR FACE!!!" and increase our attendance to 150,000 - which makes it imperative that you attempt to purchase your badj by the end of February before the rate increase to $350, the most expensive con perpetrated on the science fiction community in quite some time. And we continue to challenge other conventions in Atlanta (which shall go unnamed, DragonMoMo Con) to follow our practice of really packing the crowds in!! Despite our enormous attendance levels, Cardboard*Con is nearly able to confidently assert that you would almost likely NEVER wait more than 3 hours in a line to see that guy from that super hero movie and yet again we taunt our nemesiseses in the science-fission convention industry to follow our example of splitting before the cops show up.

  • Chewboxxa did NOT volunteer, he was pushed
  • Solo cup bras were still a no-show this year (will we ever see them?)
  • Tony lost a quarter, did you found it?

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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