Ask questions, take pictures, and hang out with our awesome guests at Empire City Con 2019.

2018 Guests // 2017 Guests


Deedee Magno Hall 

Voice of Pearl

Deedee is currently the voice of “Pearl” on Cartoon Network’s Emmy nominated series, Steven Universe & “Snuggs” the hedgehog in Doc McStuffins on the Disney Channel.

Theater credits include: “Kim” Miss Saigon (Broadway, 2nd US National Tour & Asian Tour), “Nessarose” Wicked (1st US National Tour), “Diana” Next To Normal (East West Players), If/Then (Broadway & US National Tour), “Mrs. Walker” The Who’s Tommy (East West Players), “Lehua” Honu By The Sea (Johnson Enos).

TV & Film: Original cast of Disney Channel’s New Mickey Mouse ClubThird WatchDellaventuraRear WindowFaceSister Act 2. Recordings: 4 albums with Hollywood Record’s pop group, “The Party” (touring the US, Canada, Europe & Asia, opening up for Taylor Dayne, Hi 5, Color Me Badd & Vanilla Ice) & co-founder of mommy singing group, “Mama Bares”.

Proud wife & mommy of 2, grateful to God for family, friends & the opportunity to do what she loves!

Photo/autograph combo
Voice record
Birdmom pin
Pearl Pouch Bag
Pin/pouch combo
Photo/autograph/pin combo



Bakamono began cosplaying in 2008. They are a self taught makeup artist, seamstress, and wig stylist. Known mainly for their gravity defying wigs and being able to create unnatural, cartoon styles that translate properly into the real world. Bakamono has a penchant for cosplaying very pink characters, and is best known for their Rose Quartz. They performed last year in For_the_love_of_clod’s AbraCLODabra as Jasper and the Q&A/Singalong as Sadie Killer. Bakamono was a guest at Ramencon 2015 and 2016.

For the Love of Clod


For the Love of Clod is reinventing the PLAY in cosPLAY by producing professional character shows for animation and pop culture conventions. Clod loves collaborating with talented singers, dancers and cosplayers from across the country and is excited to bring quality programming to Empire City Con 2019!

Grace Kraft

Comic writer & storyboard artist

Grace Kraft is a storyboard artist and comic author whose work includes the official Boom! Studios Steven Universe Ongoing comic series and Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls (2016). She has also contributed some of the most well-known and beloved art pieces to the Steven Universe fan community to date. Grace Kraft currently works in LA working on unannounced projects for various studios as well as creating comics and watercoloring on her own time.

Kelly Kirstein


Kelly Kirstein’s experience spans several genres of performance, from representing the United States and placing as a semifinalist at Miss Supranational 2015, to working as an internationally published model and appearing in film and television work. Her cosplays range from Marvel Heroes to Disney Princesses, but took off with Lapis Lazuli from Steven Universe. Her Lapis cosplay has been featured on Cartoon Network social media pages and Tumblr Staff Picks. Kelly loves performing live at conventions, experimenting with new makeup looks and is proud to be a queer cosplayer.

Kinetic Cosplay


Chloe “Kinetic Cosplay” has been making all her costumes by hand for six years and runs her own online cosplay business specializing in arm socks.

Her skills include body paint, sewing, foam smithing, wig styling, and pattern-making.

She loves to cosplay from Steven Universe and games like The Legend of Zelda and Overwatch; she has been featured by Cartoon Network and Blizzard for her handiwork.

Recently starting a job at Universal Studios as a costume designer and Patternmaker, Chloe works to improve her skills and continue making living doing what she loves.

McKenzie Atwood

Cartoon Network Intern, Podcast Host, Voice Actor

McKenzie Atwood is a Georgia Tech student who has built an online following of thousands from her multimedia work in fandoms like Steven UniverseHer YouTube channel, MKatwood, and Tumblr, pearl-likes-pi, are the origin of hilarious and beloved memes such as the Pearl’s Secret Rap Career series. She is an intern with CN Games in Atlanta where she worked on games like Steven Universe: Soundtrack Attack andTeeny Titans, and has begun a voice acting career. She is also the host of the official Steven Universe Podcast.