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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, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He writes for Fandango Family and the Netflix #StreamTeam, serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized brands, and consults for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as co-manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

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, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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TMNTweek Giveaway - TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: BEYOND THE KNOWN UNIVERSE!

Part of #TMNTweek 2016 on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! Check out TheRockFather.com/TMNT for more.

There's a trend happening right now that I'm seriously digging... one that takes me back to my own youth growing up in the 80s: Space. The Rock Daughters™ are pretty space-obsessed at this point, having countless out-of-this-world adventures that often take them to a galaxy far, far away... or beyond the known universe. For the latter, it's Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES answering the call, and BEYOND THE KNOWN UNIVERSE is the latest DVD collection to feature the boys in-action. As part of #TMNTweek 2016, my friends at Nickelodeon and Paramount have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine to give readers a shot at winning one!

TMNTweek - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures... Three Decades of Fun!

Part of #TMNTweek 2016 on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! Check out TheRockFather.com/TMNT for more.

"FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SEWER... the the top of the toy charts," that was how Playmates Toys' described the success of their 1988 launch of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Action Figures, Vehicles and Role-play. It was 28 years ago that the long-running, yet little-known toymaker burst into the action figure aisle with a small assortment of figures based upon the "classic" TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES animated series, which made its debut as a five-part miniseries in late 1987 prior to going full-steam-ahead as a Saturday morning cartoon in the Fall of 1988. In fact, like many toys of the era, the TV series and toys went hand-in-hand, with the series designed to sell toys, despite the fact that TMNT was based on the much darker 1984 comic book series. As the 30th Anniversary of the TMNT toys approaches on the horizon, the 'Turtles have gone through numerous incarnations across every medium, but at its core the basic action figures remain the heart of the brand when it comes to play. When the TMNT brand relaunched in 2012 with the Nickelodeon series, the 'Turtles were quickly back on top and a live-action movie soon followed, making its theatrical debut in the summer of 2014. Now, with the release of the second live-action movie in the new series hitting screens, it's time to take a look at the Basic Action Figure assortment from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS!

Doing Good: Toy State & Tommy Baldwin Racing are Helping Children with Mobility Issues...

I've written much about Toy State on this site over the years, but today's story is a little bit different - a chance to shine a little light on some really great things that they're doing... pledging support to helping children with mobility issues. This past week, Toy State, along with Tommy Baldwin Racing, hosted their 4th GoBabyGo! workshop of the last 12 months, and the second in the Charlotte area. The workshop took place in Mooresville, NC at the Tommy Baldwin Racing shop. Toy State provided ten area children with a ride-on car that was outfitted to model the No.7 Nikko RC/Toy State car driven by Regan Smith on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Smith along with fellow NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell and Ryan Preece were in attendance along with other members of the NASCAR community. Toy State is currently in the middle of a 14-race partnership with TBR as the primary sponsor of the No. 7 car. Check out some photos and details on the program below...

Giveaway: Win a TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Theatrical Poster!

When the first Michael Bay-produced TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES movie hit screens back in 2014, we celebrated the release here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine with a special #TMNTWeek. With so many people having enjoyed that week, I knew that when TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS was released, we had to do it all over again... but like any great sequel, it would have to be bigger, bolder, and at least as fun as the first time around (hopefully more). With the release of the new film this Friday, #TMNTWeek returns to the site and we're kicking things off right! My friends at Paramount Pictures have provided me with three (3) 27x40 Theatrical One-Sheet Posters for the film, and we're giving readers a shot at winning them all week! Enter below, and get ready to kick some shell!

Entertainment Earth Giveaway: Fantasy Figure Gallery Wonder Woman Statue!

Back in January, my friends at Entertainment Earth and I gave readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a first-look at the Fantasy Figure Gallery DC Comics Collection Wonder Woman Variant Resin Statue, an Entertainment Earth Exclusive by Yamato USA. This beautiful collectible places the iconic sword and shield into the hands of the Amazonian Princess, presenting her in a battle-ready pose complete with exclusive outfit deco. With the statue since released in an ultra-limited run of just 500 pieces worldwide, now comes to time to do something extra-special... we're gonna give one away! 

Covered: Leo Moracchioli x Twenty One Pilots - "Stressed Out"

As a noted "Cover Song Enthusiast," I like to feature some creative covers here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine from time to time, along with in my curated Spotify Playlists - with COVERED now spanning Three Volumes (I, II, III). The past few years and the rise of YouTube have brought forth a number of "Cover Stars" as well, sort of picking up the torch from bands like ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES and absolutely running with it. One such artist is Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios in Norway, someone you've likely seen since his videos go viral with increasing frequency (he's a fellow "Rock Father," too). One of his more recent cuts is this cover of Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out," and I'm featuring it today.

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