Every year, cardboard-clad men and women gather in downtown Atlanta to celebrate the art of cardboard costuming. There are boxy superheroes, DIY dragons and a few last-minute attendees who craft masks from discarded Amazon packaging. This is CardboardCon.

The gathering bills itself as "the world's most affordable science fiction/fantasy convention. "Accidentally founded" in 2010 by Captain Drew of the Cardboard Troopers, the "traveling convention of tens of devoted attendees," spans several Atlanta hotels over five hours.

"Unlike other sci-fi conventions you might be familiar with in the city, we like to keep it small," Captain Drew said.



CardboardCon occasionally even draws celebrities. In 2012, Candice Accola of "The Vampire Diaries" was in attendance.

This year, about 50 cardboard costumers gathered in early March, making appearances at several Atlanta bars and hotels and holding a short parade down Peachtree Street.

Lucy Bartash, who came dressed as a cardboard dragon, was the winner of this year's costume contest and had her name "permanently inscribed" onto The Cardboard Cup, a trophy composed of cardboard, bubble wrap and duct tape.



"I just grabbed some empty boxes from work and threw this together. It took less than hour," Bartash said.

Check out some photos from this year's convention and get inspired to make your own cardboard costume.
 

CardboardCon 2013

CardboardCon 2013

CardboardCon 2013

CardboardCon 2013

CardboardCon 2013

CardboardCon 2013

CardboardCon 2013

CardboardCon 2013

Photos: Catie Leary, CodyWellons.com

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