I’m so interested in ways people change each other. When you’re with someone, you are not the same person necessarily you are when you’re with someone else. Especially if it’s someone you’re close to… the space between people becomes a person.
In 2016, K-K Bracken launched a Kickstarter for the first-ever Steven Universe fan convention, Beach City Con. After two successful events, she started her own event planning business and created Empire City Con.
After two wonderful years in Virginia Beach, StevenCon moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. A bigger city for the theme, and a more accessible airport for faraway fans!
The Steven Universe fandom is very special and Empire City Con strives to create a space as warm, welcoming, inclusive, and accessible as the show it is based on.
Empire City Council
The Mayor | She/They
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Mayor K-K is a writer, editor, planner, and lover of all things Steven Universe. She is currently querying the first novel in a young adult fantasy series under the name Bracken Beveridge. Watch for her upcoming Adventure Time Podcast Come Along With Me.
Technology Specialist | He/Him
A Maryland transplant from Rochester, NY, Alex is an engineer by day, and a volunteer EMT by night. He is a lover of all things aquatic, and all things Steven Universe. He frequents a variety of conventions, and has had the pleasure of leading the BronyCon Medical team since 2015.
Head of Children's Department | She/Her
Annie is an artist and nanny located in the city of Chicago. Her hobbies include children, cartoons, and watching cartoons with children. Follow her mysterious nannying adventures on Instagram at @nanny____x
Bianca Blu Lazuli
Attendee Relations Manager | They/Them
What happens when you fuse a Pearl, an Aquamarine, and a Lapis Lazuli?
Bianca Blu Lazuli!
Made by Blue Diamond to assist in Cosplay/Costumed Events all over the Continental US, Bianca Blu started as an information gatherer; going to conventions to find the best/worst aspects of this exclusive community, and report them to Homeworld. After just a few short years, they found themselves attached to humanity; the art, the songs, the sense of community; and decided to loan their experience to the one-of-a-kind Gem of a Convention: Empire City Con!! An expert on information systems, crowd control, and public service, Blu is always there to assist anyone, gem or human!
It’s what they were made for!
Vendor Liaison - He/Him
Cuban-born and Southern Californian-raised, Joseph is an animation fan that has traveled to conventions around the world as an attendee, press, and organizer. His collection of Steven Universe items is one of the most impressive around. You can normally find him either cosplaying at a convention, collecting comics, or in the pit of ska or punk show.
Accessibility Coordinator | They/Them
Kii hails from Jacksonville, Florida. They’ve worked and studied special education and disability advocacy since they were sixteen years old, and have been cosplaying and going to cons even longer than that. In their free time, they also enjoy learning obscure space facts and petting dogs.
Volunteer Coordinator | She/Her
Lindsay spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio. By day, she is a project manager, and by night, she likes to cry and sing with her brothers and pup Luna.
Webmaster | He/Him
Pano grew up in a small city in Greece and eventually ended up in Maryland. When he is not singing Steven Universe songs, he is probably petting his cats, playing video games or doing something nerdy.
Convention Consultant | She/Her
Renee C. is a social media butterfly with a love for fan conventions, casual cosplay, and creating or supporting unique real life experiences. She’s enjoyed conventions at almost every level, from attendee, to press, to director, to panelist, to industry guest. Her mild-mannered secret identity is a social media manager, and her bold broadcast personality loves fashion, singing, cookies, and cartoons. You can follow her @WrenLynette.
Programming Coordinator | She/They
Outside of work in experimental research, Ria spends a lot of time playing the ukulele. Over the course of last year’s convention, she made it her goal to learn every single song on the Steven Universe soundtrack. Now that she’s figured out “Mr. Greg”, there’s no stopping this space train to the cosmos.
Marketing Director | She/Her
Tiara is an Artist, Feminist, Entrepreneur, and Gamer. She loves Steven Universe and most of all, she loves Jasper. A native of the DMV, when she’s not cheering for the Mystics, she’s at Pret a Manger on her computer writing, drawing or developing her blog and e-commerce website gorgeousgirlgamers.com