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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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NYCC First-Look: LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Announced!

A new adventure has begun... The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS,™ a new, original LEGO property depicting a medieval kingdom set in a futuristic world where five young, brave knights “download” special powers to their shields in order to battle the royal court’s evil Jestro and a cast of monsters to restore peace. The story comes to life through LEGO building sets, an episodic television and a digital gaming app that fuels story-driven gameplay. The property launches later this year, with products available starting January 1, 2016. LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS characters, story, app experience and two iconic building sets from the collection will be previewed to New York Comic Con attendees, Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (Booth #1436). Take a look at the first video and images from the new collection below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

NYCC: Hasbro 'Twas the Night Before... Party STAR WARS Reveals (Official Photos)

Each year, Hasbro hosts their annual 'Twas the Night Before... party on the eve of New York Comic-Con, and this year was no exception. The Hasbro team rolled out a full assortment of new toys - focusing heavily on their action brands, with new assortments of STAR WARS, TRANSFORMERS and MARVEL figures and vehicles out in full-force. While some things were shown that I don't have official pictures for just yet, a gallery of the STAR WARS offerings is now available for readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. I've got just-released official shots of The Black Series 6-inch Figures and Titanium Vehicles, along with some new Blind Bag Micro Machines. Check out a sampling below, then head over to my Facebook page for the complete gallery (which includes the FANTASTIC Harrison Ford as Han Solo figure from THE FORCE AWAKENS)!

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway - My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (Three Movie Gift Set)

On October 13, 2015, Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios will unleash the latest MLP adventure, with the release of the all-new feature film, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: FRIENDSHIP GAMES. On that same day, fans can join Twilight Sparkle and her Canterlot High friends for a trio of adventures, as the MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS THREE MOVIE GIFT SET arrives! With a special lenticular cover that features a transforming Twilight Sparkle, the box set houses all three films released from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls canon, Equestria Girls, Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games. Complete with bonus features including audio commentaries, animated shorts and deleted scenes from Friendship Games, this gift set is perfect for giving this holiday season, and in that spirit, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and Shout! Kids are launching a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway to get one lucky reader hooked-up with a set!

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...

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