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There are several divisions of cardboard costuming, all of which you can expect to be seen at this year's event. If you're new to the world of cardboard costuming you might want to attend one of the many panels† that will be held at one of our convention hotels. Skip down below to find out which type of cardboard costumes suits your style!
So popular were our panel discussion last year that we'll be reprising them and adding a few more!
This is the classic "box robot" style of costuming used by well-adjusted children around the world and is strongly suggested as the place to begin for first-time costumers. This style frowns upon the use of paint, relying instead upon the natural coloration of "found" cardboard. Sculptural and ephemeral, this type of cardboard costume belies the level of effort involved in fabrication. It's a tradition amongst Dumpster Stylists to reattach lost parts haphazardly with duct tape, and not to mourn lost or mangled pieces.
This style of cardboard costuming has been a breakaway success at our rival convention, Dragon*Con. Using space age equipment, these suits are engineered with CAD software and painted using a special comic book color palette known as the “Larkworthy method”. A group known as The Box Hero Corps have made a terrific splash in the world of cardboard costuming and continue to add new characters every year.
A phenomenon first documented in 2007 at Dragon*Con with the appearance of Chewboxxa and later with Boxatar at the very first Cardboard*Con, a local cardboard artist known simply as "the Boswell" has led the charge into the creation of complex costumes, some of which have exceeded 8 feet in height.
You're definitely going to want to bring some equipment with you in case your costume needs improving, or more likely, repairing. Unlike delicate cloth-based costumes, you won't be burdened with easily lost items like needles and thread. Your shopping list is easier! Just bring along these items:
† - by "panel" we mean conversation with the people wearing cardboard. There are no set times for these conversations, it's up to you to make them happen.
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