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The First and Best

Cardboard*Con is the first and only science fiction / fantasy convention dedicated to the art of cardboard costuming. Encompassing more than 3 Atlanta downtown hotels, Cardboard*Con will has become a tradition among all fun-loving nerds. The SECRET of Cardboard*Con is that there really isn't a plan - you have to make it fun all by yourself, using your imagination and your manners.

Back to Basics

Forget about spandex and latex, at Cardboard*Con we've seen that the future of costuming is double-cored with reinforced edges. Our convention is famous for attracting some of the most talented cardboard costumers from around the world. Put down those pinking shears and pick up the duct tape...

No Long Lines!

Cardboard*Con doesn't suffer from the congestion which plagues other volunteer-based mega sci-fi conventions. We save you, the convention-goer, time and money by using the latest crowd-sourcing techniques to maximize your enjoyment. Also: membership is FREE.

The 16th Annual Cardboard*Con
will be on March 1, 2025!!



Latest News

Cardboard*Con 16 Announced!

Cardboard*Con 15 was SUCH A SUCCESS!!! Ranked one of our "Top 3" by Chewboxxa, this was the year when a new generation of boxplayers stepped into the light. Not ones to mess around, The Cardboard*Con Association of Leadership Leaders have already announced the date for Cardboard*Con 16: A long time ago in a dumpster far, far away. The next con will take place on March 1nd, 2025. Register TODAY!!

2024: Boxplay Renaissance Warms Hearts

The Cardboard Governing Board is reviewing footage of Cardboard*Con 15, wondering if this is the best they could manage.

Ye Olde Cardboard Con poster illustration by famed illustrator Drewprops featuring a cardboard boxplay dragon in front of a renfaire village.

The Cardboard*Con Board of Guvnas dropped a bomb 15 years in the making: this year the CON is going Medieval on your butts! That's right, Georgia just got a BRAND NEW Rennesauce Festical and it is CARDBOARD*CON 15!!!!

Ye Olde Cardboard Con poster illustration by famed illustrator Drewprops featuring a cardboard boxplay swordsman standing in a renfaire village.

With strong protests from renniesauce purists, cardboard pirates have been approved for attendance to our festical!

Ye Olde Cardboard Con poster illustration by famed illustrator Drewprops featuring a cardboard boxplay pirate standing in a renfaire village with a ship anchored nearby.

Some notes about this year's festicle:

  • There will be NO RUNNING up the hill to Trader Vic’s Rum Room (it is at the bottom of the hill, Kate Bush).
  • All cardboard tubes must be peace taped
  • Cardboard is a known source of paper cuts – please exercise caution if you decide to wear a cardboard corset
  • Excessive use of the phrase “huzzah” will result in expulsion.
  • If you yell “MEAT!!!!” you had best mean it.
  • Cardboard does not equal consent. Srsly
  • Please don’t tip your musicians, over.
  • Trinket trading is fine, as long as the trinkets are able to be recycled.

Boxplay Took Fashion World by Storm in 2023

Cardboard*Con 14 will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023. This year Artificial Cardboard Intelligence will collide with boxplay to yield what can only be described as HAI FASHUN. Our GUEST LIST is currently a work in progress. More details as the date draws near. Lifetime Membership ONLY $97,000 is TOTALLY FREE to everybody else!!!

Link to 2023 CardboardCon Artificial Cardboard Intelligence video commercial.

Oh Hai! Fashun Sho Draws Media Attention

Cardboard*Con 14: Oh Hai, Fashun! is right around the corner (March 4th) and this year we're going INTERNATIONAL as we host the most fabulous CARDBOARD FASHION SHO on the planet! Share this video to impress your friend!!

News Report: Carl Bachsman at 12th Annual Cardboard*Con

UPDATED BREAKING NEWS PLEASE SHARE! Carl Bachsman reports live from the 12th Annual Cardboard*Con in Downtown Atlanta. Where is everybody? As it turns out, waiting for CardboardCon 2022!!!! #cardboardcon2021

Link to 2021 CardboardCon Pandemic report by Carl Bachsman.

CNN Reports on Cardboard*Con 2021

Image of boxplay reporter Carl Bachsman reporting on CardboardCon 2021.

Live from the scene of where Cardboard*Con 2021 is not happening!

2021 Cardboard Shortage!

Due to a LAST MINUTE conflict with the Worldwide Internationale Cardboard Conference Annuelle (WICCA) in Lucerne, Switzerland, Cardboard*Con 12 will be replaced with a hastily prepared and completely unwatchable ONLINE broadcast on the evening of March 6th. NONE of the officially planned events for 2021 will be conducted in-person, in Atlanta this year. European-style refund cheques have already been issued to all badjholders at TWICE face value as a sincere sign of Cardboard*Con's regrets for the extremely last minute, highly unprofessional form of notification, which many of our fans may in fact never receive. LEGAL: fans attempting to retrace the route of our planned 2021 event will be operating under their own recognizance and are in NO WAY endorsed or sponsored or supported by Cardboard*Con, the Cardboard*Con brand family of products, their assigns, listees, farquands, or affiliated muchadoos, and are very probably the same sort of irresponsible jobbernowls who congregate at bars along the BeltLine during a raging pandemic.

2020 Progress Report Mailed to Badjholders

Got questions about the con? Just wait for this beauty to land in your mailbox!
Download Progress Report (PDF)

2020 Commershul dorps today - March 3nd 2020

Watch the Commershul now!!!

11th Annual Cardboard*Con Theme: STAR TRAK DISCO

Beem a board!!! Set your phasers for FUN on March 7rd as Cardboard*Con hustles on down to the discotheque planet known as "Atlannna" for the weirdest encounter yet on our 11 year (and counting) mission!!
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2020 Badj Now On Sale!! Kind of

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December 2019: Happy, Flappy Corrugadon!!!

Read the new article about our cherished holiday!!

2019 Wrap-up

A recap of the 10th annual Cardboard*Con is now available in our History section! Follow along from beginning to end (spoiler: it all ends in cornbread). Go ahead and read the 2019 recap today!

Dealer Room Info Updated

Vendors looking to participate in our dealer's room should read the newly updated section 'Vendors & The Dealer's Room' on the About Page. Thank you for your wonderful interest and incredible energy!!

2019 Theme Announced

Shortly after 2am in the wee hours of January 5th, 2019, officials from Cardboard*Con gathered to announce to a hushed stall at the Georgia’s Farmers Market that the theme for this year’s Cardboard*Con will be “Generic Cardboard Space Adventure” .

2018 Wrap-up

A recap of the 9th annual Cardboard*Con is now available in our new History section! It details the botched attempt to begin the convention, resulting in a shocking year without an official opening ceremony!!! It also revisits some of the special things that happened this year. Be sure to read the 2018 recap today!

The History of the Badj

No other science fiction con has a badj as hard to get as ours, but how did it all begin? Find out more using modern hyperlink technology!

Website Updates

We've added a new History section, where information about previous events has been collected!

New Theme Song

On February 22, 2018 Cardboard*Con unveiled its new Official Theme Song, "This is Cardboard*Con!", performed by the Cardboard Enthusiasm Choir, featuring Spot the wonder dinobox, mascot for the 2018 Games.

New Tagline

On February 22, 2018 Cardboard*Con unveiled its new tagline “It’s in March!”™, which has polled well in the 80 to 95 year old nerd segment.

2018 is our dinosaur theme!




Pre-Production has commenced on our latest commercial, with music recorded by popular 80s band Denim Arcade. Next up is casting and filming!



Cardboard*Con is the ONLY cool convention to have its own Official Theme Song! Have you heard it? Go listen to it now!!

CardboardCon theme song on YouTube

Past Sponsors & Affiliates

  • Joes Sticky Stuff
  • Onyx Consulting
  • Drewprops Creative Services
  • The Guy Behind the Camera
  • Play On Con
  • Dangling Carrot Creative
  • PiratePalooza

As Covered By...

  • Mother Nature Network
  • Saporta Report

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