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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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31 Days of Halloween: LEGO Minifigures, Series 14 - MONSTERS!

Out of all the collectible figures to hit the streets over the course of the past decade or so, LEGO Minifigures have secured a place that finds them perfectly fitting between kids and collectors. With each series of their "blind bag" assortments, LEGO has been releasing a collection of 16 new minifigures, with several of the rarer entries become highly sought-after. This Fall, LEGO Minifigures Series 14 was released, and it's the seasonally-appropriate MONSTERS collection - a fun new batch that lands here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine for 2015!

These New PopTaters Bring MARVEL's Groot, Daredevil, Star-Lord and More into MR. POTATO HEAD form!

Are you ready for Mr. Potato Groot? Perhaps it's time for Daredevil to whip up some mashed justice in Hell's Kitchen? Could you be having a Vision of a spud? Is Star-Lord baking in that long leather trench coat? My friends at PPW Toys have just announced the latest additions to their ever-growing line of PopTaters - a collection of pop culture-inspired MR. POTATO HEAD figures created under license from Hasbro. After bringing forth popular characters like Ant-Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk, four more MARVEL icons are getting the Potato Head treatment, with the titular character from the Netflix Original Series DAREDEVIL joining THE VISION, and two GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Groot and Star-Lord) as 6" collectible figures. Each of these PopTaters will be available through comic and specialty shops, the PPW Website, or from my friends at Entertainment Earth. Check them out below...

31 Days of Halloween: Covered - GHOSTBUSTERS by ANDREW & POLLY

Right now, Paul Feig is creating an all-new GHOSTBUSTERS movie - one with Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon (all pictured up-top) strapping on the Proton Packs for a new adventure that Sony Pictures will release on July 15, 2016. While the new Ghostbusters certainly have my attention, I come from the generation that grew up on the original (which I saw in the theater back in 1984) and will forever hold completely dear. Ray Parker Jr.'s iconic theme song still gets regular play here, and The Rock Daughters™ can even pick my original vinyl 45 out of a stack. Carrying on that legacy, I've featured a number of cover versions of the GHOSTBUSTERS theme over the years (Hoobastank, Melo-M), and this year another finds its way into my annual 31 Days of Halloween here at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. From ODDS & ENDS, the new album by ANDREW & POLLY, comes a very different take on this famous song. Check out ANDREW & POLLY performing "Ghostbusters," below...

31 Days of Halloween: Behold the Power of the Crane Horribles!

This October, there's something new and strange that's emerged - eagerly awaiting the chance to lurk in your home... especially, your child's bedroom. Chip the Robot and Zeke the Martian are joining Jax the Dreadful and Scarlett the Frightful as the Horribles - a new line of Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifiers that are available exclusively at Best Buy. For families looking for something more fun (and a little more spooky) than a traditional humidifier, these adorable character-shaped units each have a 1 gallon capacity to handle humidification for up to 250 sq. ft. - providing ultrasonic cool mist to reduce cold symptoms and nasal congestion for easy breathing. Each member of the Horribles also features Clean Control antimicrobial technology to ensure safe, clean operation. The Horribles by Crane USA are today's entry into 31 Days of Halloween, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl

Originally written by James Zahn (The Rock Father) as a Guest Post at TTPM

Around the Blogosphere, there has been a lot of discussion regarding “gender-neutral” toys in recent months. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing at toymakers and retailers for allegedly embracing stereotypes, though more often then not, I tend to see parents making an attempt to guide their children toward or away from certain playthings – not some faceless, corporate overlords. I say, “let the kids play with what they’d like.”

It's World Teacher's Day, so let's #GROWtheGood...

October 5, 2015 is World Teacher's Day, and to celebrate, Life is Good met with teachers and asked them "what makes you connect with a child?" The responses from these real-life educators are featured in the video below, which is part of an initiative to help #GROWtheGood. Have a memory about a special teacher - or can you share this video? For every use of the #GROWtheGood hashtag, Life is Good will provide one dollar of support to help kids in need. Check it out...

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