This End Up

Cardboard*Con

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

The 10th Annual Cardboard*Con
will be on March 2, 2019!!

Cardboard*Con History

Cardboard*Con 9: Jurassic Box (2018)

Jurassic Box was the 9th installment of this American science fiction convention, dedicated to encouraging fossilized nerds to dress up in cardboard costumes. 2018's theme, “Jurassic Box”, was the least effective cardboard pun yet. Despite this fact it was expected to bode well for attendance, which typically numbers in the dozens. The convention had become so successful that it generated a string of successful sequels, despite the vehement refusal of Steven Spielberg to contribute a large cash infusion. 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.

2018: 9th Anniversary Guests

  • Robby Hilliard
  • Chuck Sheffey
  • Eric Schumacher
  • Spot the Barking T-Rex
  • Hot Salsa Dancer Lady

2018: The Con in Review

The 9th Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, a lovely, warm pre-Spring day in Atlanta. The theme for 2018 year was “Jurassic Box”, the most widely adopted theme yet. This year marked the introduction of the wildly popular Cardboard Anthem, which was heard constantly being sung by roving groups of attendees. Cardboard*Con crossed paths with The Atlanta Salsa & Bachata Festival, and after the closing ceremonies attendees stopped by the Festival for salsa lessons by some of that event's most elite performers. The Bangladeshi pulp strikes did not affect costuming as initially feared, as most attendees had already switched over to Canadian primal forest pulp well in advance of the much-ballyhooed strike. Our convention crossed paths with the badly-splintered CardBeardCon once again this year, and in an attempt to help unify our sister convention we asked the faction representatives to work together to judge our costumes (results pending).

Notes

  • Convention fell apart completely at first location, leaving attendees wandering the streets
  • Convention reconvened at High Velocity inside the Marriott Marquis
  • Attendees performed the Cardboard Anthem in the lobby of the Marriott

Quotes

  • "Objects at Cardboard*Con may appear FUNNER than they are."
  • "Clever Box!"
  • "Duct tape will find a way."

Videos

Links

Cardboard*Con 8: Grease (2017)

Did you meet a girl at the dumpster who was crazy for you? Did you meet a boy who was cute as he could be while wearing a cardboard box on his head? You may be suffering from Summer Love and there's no cure for it but a good old-fashioned Grease-themed Cardboard*Con!! This year the costume contest was been replaced by a DANCE CONTEST!!

Join a gang! Drop out of beauty school! Meet a boy or girl! Your worries are over now with the Cardboard*Con Prom because nobody can see your ugly face behind that cardboard box!! So ax that special lady or man (or whatever, because you can't really tell with all that cardboard in the way) to be YOUR date at this year's Grease Dance Off Prom Thing!!

2017: 8th Anniversary Guests

  • Modern Major Chew Boxxa
  • Admiral Ackboxx
  • The Cardboard Ambassador
  • Robby Hilliard
  • Wes Wilson
  • Crisp Ratt (no show)

2017: The Con in 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.

Notes

  • Gummed tape was confirmed "not edible".

Quotes

  • "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."
  • "I will honour Cardboard*Con in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - PB Susan

2017 Photo Gallery

Videos

Links

Cardboard*Con 7: Politics! (2016)

In 2016 the Cardboard*Con Convention was 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???

The 2016 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!!

Things got serious when cardboard-Americans gathered to decide who would reign supreme as Cardboard President! There were many campaign tricks and giant lies! The guests of a small start-up Star Track convention attempted to star in 7th Annual Cardboard*Con but we said "NO! You have to pay us!". They so jealous.

2016: 7th Anniversary Guests

  • Hollis Gillespie
  • The Colonel
  • Commander Chew Boxxa
  • Admiral Ackboxx
  • The Cardboard Ambassador
  • Cardboard Drumpf
  • Alfeo "Cardboard Head" Dixon
  • Thomas Kerns (BoxOps)
  • Crisp Ratt (no show)

2016: The Con in 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.

Notes

  • Solo cup bras were still a no-show this year (will we ever see them?)

Quotes

  • "Chewboxxa did NOT volunteer, he was pushed!!"
  • "Tony lost a quarter, did you found it?"

Videos

Links

Cardboard*Con 6: Senior Prom (2015)

It's our 6th Anniversary and my how we've grown!! This year we're going to have a sexy Senior Prom, so start working up your nerve to ask that special someone to put on their best all-cardboard sci-fi/fantasy costume and join you on the (to this point entirely theoretical) dance floor. Please: no making out in the gym. BE SURE TO ORDER YOUR BADJ EARLY to avoid crowding and Bavarians.

2015: 6th Anniversary Guests

  • The Box Hero Corps
  • Quentin Tarantino (no show)
  • Hollis Gillespie

2015: The Con in 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.

Notes & Quotes

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

2015 Photo Galleries

Videos

Links

Cardboard*Con 5: Senior Prom (2014)

It's the 5th Anniversary of the biggest, most badass Cardboard*Con there ever was!! Will YOU be there? People not wearing cardboard will be escorted out of the dumpster dance.

Badj prices were cut in HALF and the fans responded enthusiastically! Even though this deep price cut reduced the quantity and quality of guests it seemed that this year will forever be remembered as the year that nobody fell into the dumpster at the after-after-after party. The profile of the event grew in 2014 and organizers are wondering if the hotels can contain the con in 2015.

2014: 5th Anniversary Guests

  • Dolores Fingerhut
  • Stephen Larkworthy
  • The Box Hero Corps
  • Admiral Ackbox
  • The Inappropriately Cardboard Colonel

2014: The Con in 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.

Notes

  • 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 approached the 5th Anniversary!
  • The parade was astonishingly popular among passing taxi cabs.
  • Elevator & Escalator rides were a crowd favorite and will be back next year!

Videos

Links

2013 Theme: Floating Away (with the rest of the garbage)

Cardboard*Con 4 will follow the same route from last year, beginning on the west side of Peachtree Street at Meehan's Public House Downtown, from whence we shall begin our 2nd ANNUAL PARADE!! (which simply means crossing the street at marked crossings to go across the street to the next location, obeying all traffic laws)

In a first for a major Atlanta science fiction convention, Cardboard*Con stopped selling badjs and refuse to sell them at the door. If you did not already have a badj you still could have come in and done everything, but people are lazy readers!

NOTE: rice cardboard from Tokushima Prefecture will be unavailable until MAY, so this year's panel on "sprightly honor cardboard challenge" has been rescheduled until NEXT YEAR. Sorry folks, it's been a hard winter for our friends at Grab Now Cardboard Happiness.

2013: 4th Anniversary Guests

  • Cardboard Boba Fett
  • Photognome
  • The Box Hero Corps
  • Admiral Ackbox
  • William Shatner was unable to attend because he was not invited
  • Candace Accola

2013: The Con in 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.

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!

2013 Photo Gallery

Videos

Links

2012 Theme: The Corrugation (that's our theme this year)

Cardboard*Con 3 is expected to follow the a slightly different route from last year, as we will BEGIN on the OTHER side of Peachtree Street at Meehan's Public House Downtown, from whence we shall begin our first PARADE!! (crossing the street to go across the street to the next location, see below for more.)

NOTE: J-45b cardboard supplies from Copehagen will be unavailable until AFTER this year's con, so the panel on European cardboard folding techniques has obviously been cancelled. Sorry folks. Write to BRODRENE HARTMANN with your complaints.

2012: The Con in Review

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

Notes

  • the most fabulous costumes yet!!
  • Joe's Sticky Stuff provided prizes for our costume contest!

2012 Photo Galleries

Videos

Links

2011 Theme: We're Doing it AGAIN??

Cardboard*Con 2 – This one's for the fans.

If you missed CC2011 you missed a fun time! Our convention crossed paths with the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) and we had to share the facilities with them. If you haven't seen the video take a couple of minutes to see what Cardboard*Con is all about!

Sadly, this year was not without controversy, as a schism developed between the cardboard purists and the cardboard decorationists. The purists insist that the most fun can only be had by wearing full cardboard costumes, made from real boxes. The decorationists insist that it's okay to use cardboard for more conventional garments and accessories. We hope that this debate doesn't cloud the 2012 convention.

Tagline: "Seriously: we're doing it again"

2011: The Con in Review

The 2rd Annual Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 much to everyone's surprise.

Notes

  • Holy crap, nobody arrested us!!!

2011 Photo Galleries

Links

2010 Theme: It's Just Crazy Enough to Work

Cardboard*Con 1 – Serious street cred.

2010: The Con in Review

The very first Cardboard*Con was held on Saturday, March 6, 2010. It was widely regarded to be a scam and only the very bravest nerds showed up to participate. The rambling 3 hour opening ceremony speech was recognized as the best and the worst speech ever delivered at Cardboard*Con.

Videos

Notes

  • Great slideshow presentation!

2010 Photo Galleries

Links

History of the Badj

Our original web programmer spelled "badge" as "badj" and it has become a Cardboard*Con tradition to refer to it that way. If you've read the rules correctly you'll print out a copy and attach it to your costume - scale it as appropriate using your printer's advanced scaling features, the ones you probably don't understand. Please note that this Offishul Badj will NOT get you into Cardboard*Con. However, it's safe to say that it won't get you kicked out, either. In fact, it doesn't do a whole lot of anything.

Previous Year's Badj Photos (click thumbnail for full image)

  • 2018 Badj Photo
  • 2017 Badj Photo
  • 2016 Badj Photo
  • 2015 Badj Photo
  • 2014 Badj Photo
  • 2013 Badj Photo
  • 2012 Badj Photo
  • 2011 Badj Photo
  • 2010 Badj Photo

This End Down