Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Jo Castanon
Gender Inferno

Drag is an art form that has become wildly popularized and mainstreamed within the last few years and is finally being recognized for helping influence pop culture, fashion and entertainment for decades. While some shows may characterize drag as being only gay men doing female illusion, the drag community is a much broader spectrum of gender identities, sexual orientations, and experiences. Beyond its obvious aesthetic appeal to those who view it, actually doing drag offers a look into the performativity of gender and provides a space that allows for creative gender expression and exploration.

Gender Inferno is a zine created by Jo Disco that visualizes this intersection of drag and gender identity, specifically within the Brooklyn queer community. Drawing inspiration from the punk, underground drag zine Pansy Beat (1989–90), Gender Inferno tackles the complex identity and experiences of a gender non-binary drag queen through photography, writings, typography, and design. In line with the lo-fi, laser-copied quality of most hand-made zines, Gender Inferno consists of 40 black and white pages, with a hot pink cover and various small inserts. With the first addition of fifty zines being distributed at Brooklyn queer spaces like 3DB and The Rosemont, the zine can reach local queens that may find enjoyment in a zine that reflects the true power of drag only known to those brave enough to try it.

Yasmeen AlAyoub

Maria Badasian

Jenny Barroll

Bhavika Bhatia

Leehe Bok

Lauren April Brady

Elisa Bustos

Gabrielle Cantamessa

Jo Castanon

Ana Sofia Murillo Cernicchiaro

Sherleen Chen

Tiange Chen

Dahee Choi

Carol Chong

Olivia Chow

Matthew Chu

Lily Clempson

Analuisa Corrigan

Gaurika Dalal

Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

Jamie Fong

Bentzion Goldman

Sarah Hennessy

Irene Hernandez-Gaona

Sara Hilany

Allen Hu

Gufeng Huang

Julia Isman

Erika Jaquez

Moonnyung Jo

Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

Cynthia Kamata-Banks

Zarrin Karimi

Ta Suranart Kasitipradit

Anastasia Khadivi

Peggy S. Khammanotham

Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

Julia Lassen

Chloe Lee

Jahyun Lee

Nicole Lee

Ye Eun Alison Lee

Leqi Liang

Chia Ying Lin

Chih-Yi Lin

Eric Lish

Clarissa Losciale

Eileen Lu

Cobey Lusinger

Maria Magnani

Miguel Marcos

Gaebrielle McIntosh

Sarah McNutt

Mitali Mehta

Vincent Merle

Mitali Nopany

Eugene Ong Bang Jun

Diana Pak

Seongjin Park

Holly Parkin

Annika Phillips

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano

Marie Poncin

Jin Qian

Jack Rieger

Kenisha Bijoux Rullan

Joshua Ryan

Bushra Sarker

Amy Schultz

Nico Siy

Leah Slava

Demi Isabela Straulino

Anisha Subberwal

Erica Tagliarino

Cristina Cepeda Thielmann

Elisa Tordjmann

Kyle Tranquilli

Yasemin Varlik

Varun Vig

Diana Vivar

Abby Wang

Yifei Wang

Yuqi Wang

Coco Wohrle

Angela Yang

Stella Yen

Tiffany Ying

Ingrid Yiu

Kyle Yu

Celestine Yuan

Seoyoung Yun

Maria Zabolotnaya

Amanda Zaldivar

Yinglin Zeng

Junhao Zhang

Limber Lingya Zhang

Haitong Zheng

Karolina Zuchowski