Convention Reports

Cardboard Confusion 2021

The world famous boxplay event Cardboard*Con has been roiled by cardboard controversy and cardboard confusion this year in the wake of a supposed “2021 global cardboard shortage”. Eternal members of the convention have been leading the protest, citing a lack of information from the convention’s leadership, demanding to know if the convention has been canceled.

Cardboard Industry

Brits Invent Cardboard Bottle

In a shock felt across the Chunnel, the Brits are the first to invent a cardboard wine bottle. Frugalpac, a firm specializing (or should we say ‘specialising’) in the design and manufacture of liquids packaging, announced to the world’s first cardboard wine bottle.

Cardboard Culture Videos

Summer Concert Series

Cardboard*Con gamely announces the arrival of a new summer concert series for dumpsterbound fans out there. While this video is entirely available for viewing, we strongly encourage our fans to save their 13 minutes for clipping their toenails or other useful tasks.

Announcements Boxplay Technology

Elon Musk and the CoronaBox 19

During a contentious pre-planning Zoom meeting for Cardboard*Con 2021, Elon Musk changed cardboard immunology forever. Musk, the self-appointed Director of the non-existent Research & Development Track said “Let’s get back to normal”, then did the unthinkable. Taking advantage of the host’s unfamiliarity with the Zoom interface, Musk proceeded to hijack the meeting. He began sharing his screen and running a 28 minute PowerPoint presentation for a radical new boxplay helmet design he described as a “CoronaBox 19”. While our intrepid CNN reporters were unable to obtain his actual PowerPoint file, they did walk away with a few details and images.


The Legacy of Robert Gair

Boxplayers the world over set aside the last day of July to celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Gair, inventor of the mass-production of cardboard boxes. The symmetry of Gair’s birth on July 31, 1839, and subsequent death on that same day in 1927 has proven irresistible to celebrants. Many boxplayers consider “88” to be a highly lucky number and incorporate it into their festivities.


Ben Burtt: Pioneer of Boxplay?

Investigative Cardboard News Network reporter Felix Cooper has uncovered a photograph poised to rock the world of boxplay: is famed Star Wars sound recordist Ben Burtt a pioneer of boxplay??

Material Reviews

Review of WrapPak EX Mini

One of our favorite new materials isn’t really new at all – it’s just paper! But it’s what the paper-based packaging firm Ranpak has done with that paper that has us so excited! These cats have gone in and die-cut brown kraft paper, giving it a three-dimensional texture, making it the paper equivalent of plastic bubblewrap without all those pesky hydrocarbons! So let’s get on with our review of WrapPak EX Mini before you rush off to buy some from!

News Videos

Lost Footage Found in Dumpster

Last week it was announced that a strange videocassette containing lost footage of Cardboard*Con 2011 had been found lodged in the intake chute of one of the Cram-A-Lot Self-Contained Trash Compactors (a fancy dumpster) located deep in the bowels of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. This lost footage is rocking the boxplay world.


Controversy Dogs Cardboard*Con

Reports are coming out of Atlanta that the venerable boxplay convention Cardboard*Con is mired deep in a controversy surrounding discriminatory practices regarding staff meetings.

According to witnesses, patrons using bubblewrap in their costumes were turned away from an organizing meeting for next year’s event.


The Evolution of Paper Products

This article, The Evolution of Paper Products, was discovered in a dumpster by our cardborporters during a trip to Sweden. Written by Per Anders Jerkeman, former consultant at Jaakko Pfiyry Consulting Ltd., U.K. The article appears to have first been published by the Nordisk Pappershistorisk Tidkrift (The Nordic Paper History Association Journal) in 2008.

Last year there was an exhibition at the National Museum in Stockholm called Förfärligt härligt or Dreadful Delight. It showed products from the 19th century, arts and crafts, paintings and sculpture, china-ware and furniture. The objects were often overburdened with ornaments, many were kitschy and vulgar – that was the style, or the lack of style in the 19th century. You can say it showed – in our eyes – a dreadful taste.

That is one way of looking at this fascinating period, anything goes, nothing was discriminated, everything was allowed. There was room for inventors and entrepreneurs. That was the delight of the 19th century.
This was also the era of industrialism. With industrialism the modern society was created; railways transported goods and people; steam powered ships and vehicles; electricity powered engines; Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone, Thomas Alva Edison the light bulb, Henry Bessemer the converter for steel production and Carl Daniel Ekman the sulphite process.