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James Zahn

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.

He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.

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Master Your Home: Hands-On with the Samsung WaterWall Dishwasher at Rock Father HQ...

Best BuyTHE ROCK FATHER™ has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product at a reduced price or for free.

When it comes to the house, I'm pretty "domestic," but keeping Rock Father HQ running smoothly isn't really that easy. There's a lot of messes, and with two little girls and a constantly on-the-go Mommy and Daddy, dishes can pile up pretty quickly, and getting behind can cause a real jam-up in the kitchen. When we bought our house five years ago, one of the things we inherited was a dishwasher that was unattractive, clunky and just plain bad. Always on the ever-growing "to-do list" for replacement, we'd actually stopped using it by the end of our first year here - washing every dish by hand for about four years... up until a few weeks ago. When the crew from Best Buy arrived to install our new Samsung - WaterWall 24" Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher, it was a glorious occasion - and a day that I was really looking forward to.

Force Friday Countdown: 1985 Kenner STAR WARS Anakin Skywalker - 98 Days to Go...

When it comes to the changes to George Lucas' Original STAR WARS Trilogy, I tend to be pretty lenient in my opinions... when it comes down to the technical and visual stuff. When we get into issues of plot, thematic music, or worst-case scenario - an actor swap (sans placing Ian McDiarmid into EMPIRE - which I'm totally cool with), I get pretty irritated, especially when it comes to the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI. Inserting Hayden Christensen as the ghost/spirit of Anakin Skywalker into the Ewok Celebration is completely inexcusable. It was actor Sebastian Shaw that performed the character, and it was he who received the action figure treatment numerous times over the years, first happening with a Kenner POWER OF THE FORCE edition back in 1985. The only way to get it? Mail-in five proofs of purchase, just like my parents did. That figure is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, appropriately falling on what would've been Shaw's 110th birthday! 


As the start of summer fast-approaches, it's a prime time to "Get Caught Reading!" As such, The Jim Henson Company recently teamed-up with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to offer a pair of new "Get Caught Reading" Posters - available FREE to educators or anyone (+ $5 s/h) - featuring the DOOZERS and ENCHANTED SISTERS. These new posters join a trio of earlier releases from The Jim Henson Company, including characters from PBS KIDS' DINOSAUR TRAIN and SID THE SCIENCE KID, along with the Sprout/NBC Kids hit, PAJANIMALS. To celebrate the new offerings, and the start of summer, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and The Jim Henson Company will be getting a couple of readers set-up with copies of ENCHANTED SISTERS: SUMMER'S FRIENDSHIP GAMES, the latest book in the ENCHANTED SISTERS series from Bloomsbury Children's Publishing!

Force Friday Countdown: Fighter Pods Series I - Snowspeeder Vs. AT-AT - 99 Days to Go...

Now, right about now, I expect that you might be wondering - "Why is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar being displayed inside of a refrigerator filled with Diet Mountain Dew?" The answer, young Padawan, is that I have exactly zero interest in the FIGHTER PODS toys - absolutely none. It's a weird thing for the STAR WARS realm, but Hasbro's line of "Intergalactic Battle" pods were just enough of a blip for me to say "pass" on - again, surprising, because usually the Hasbro team hits the mark for me. So yes, I placed the countdown calendar inside the 'fridge here in my office. Diet Mountain Dew Mtn Dew is the Official Soft Drink of Rock Father HQ, though no one as PepsiCo is aware of that. Unofficially official, you could say - but primary fuel aside from coffee. I was trying to make it interesting. Besides, Pepsi Products are generally corporate licensing partners with STAR WARS, so I'd assume they will be when THE FORCE AWAKENS is released, right?

EXCLUSIVE: First-Look Image of "Captain Jake" from Disney Junior's "Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates: The Great Never Sea Conquest!"

It's going to be a massive summer on Disney Junior, with the preschool network set to debut one new episode of one of its hit series every weekday for seven-consecutive weeks from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, August 13th as part of the SOARING OVER SUMMER multi-platform event. New episodes of alternating series SOFIA THE FIRST, DOC McSTUFFINS, MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES and HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER will premiere each weekday at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior. Also premiering this summer is CAPTAIN JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES: THE GREAT NEVER SEA CONQUEST, an all-new special 44-minute episode that leads to an exciting story arc where Jake becomes a Captain, kicking off a storyline which will carry into the upcoming fourth season of the series. The folks at Disney Junior have provided THE ROCK FATHER with an EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK IMAGE of "Captain Jake" from the new special!

Retro: This Mego Batmobile & Batcycle Commercial has The Joker on the Run...

Growing up, I never had any of the classic Mego figures - the 8" dolls with real cloth clothing based on pop culture icons of the time. I did have the 3¾" DUKES OF HAZZARD figures that Mego produced, but that was toward the end of their run, when lines like STAR WARS and G.I. JOE were hitting a new generation of kids like me with what would become the most popular format of pocket-sized figures. But for that generation before me, those 8" dolls were a huge deal, and they've stayed popular for decades, resulting in their revival through companies like EMCE Toys, Diamond Select Toys, Mattel and Figures Toy Company. I recently came across a commercial for a 1970s collection of BATMAN vehicles and playsets that's pretty fantastic. Four decades before Ben Affleck would don the cape and cowl to chase down a Lamborghini-driving Jared Leto as THE JOKER, kids were rockin these pretty sweet toys that were largely based on the 1966 BATMAN series and later cartoons...

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