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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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So, You Wanna Know Why I Love Snoopy and THE PEANUTS Gang?

Peanuts Brand AmbassadorRecently, I was asked a relatively straightforward question: "Why do you love Snoopy?" Thing is, my affection for Snoopy and the entire PEANUTS gang is a multi-layered affair that dates back to the late 1970s, thus placing me in 2015 as a sort of "keeper of the torch" - tasked with helping new generations know and appreciate the creations of Charles M. Schulz. That all starts here at home with The Rock Daughters™, and that's why I took a gig as a PEANUTS Brand Ambassador this year. With the November release of THE PEANUTS MOVIE fast-approaching (get tix via Fandango), we may be about to turn the corner, but Snoopy and his friends don't seem as prominent as they were for me growing up - and I'd like to change that. I'm old-school, and that means that I get goosebumps when I hear the five-second bumper that indicated "A CBS SPECIAL PRESENTATION," which was usually code for "Charlie Brown's (insert holiday here) is coming on!" Like many, it was the holiday specials that really hooked me, but it was something else that really made an impact on my impressionable young mind... possibly 1977's most important film that wasn't called STAR WARS.

BREAKING BENJAMIN's 'DARK BEFORE DAWN' iPad Mini Giveaway!

Last month, BREAKING BENJAMIN came roaring back in a big way with Benjamin Burnley leading his rejuvenated act to a #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart with the release of their latest album, DARK BEFORE DAWN. To mark that milestone, BREAKING BENJAMIN has teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and a few other rock-centric sites to give readers* a shot at winning an iPad Mini loaded with the entire BREAKING BENJAMIN catalog! For your chance, simply check out the widget below or click here for the contest page, hosted by my friends at Total Assault.

KRAFT Mac & Cheese: A Tradition that Gets Better with Time…

THE ROCK FATHER loves Mac & Cheese, so he would’ve written about KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner even if it wasn’t a sponsored post for Socialstars #Youknowyouloveit

As parents there are quite a few traditions that my wife and I have carried over from our own childhoods, putting a modern spin on them and sharing with our daughters. Most of those things could be considered more pop-cultural - the movies, the toys, the games but there aren’t many of are traditions that involve food. On the surface, that might seem a little odd, both of us coming from relatively large extended families, rooted in food-centric cultures of Italian and German heritage. Times have changed, as have tastes. And what we know about the things we eat - but one childhood tradition that we have carried on is just about as American as they come and continues to get better with age: KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner.

Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS REBELS Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios - 60 Days to Go...

There is so much to love about STAR WARS REBELS, and my girls can certainly attest to digging Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios a lot. The muscle of The Ghost's crew, Zeb borrows much of his design from the original Chewie sketches by Ralph McQuarrie, but his voice has always struck me as a rougher Jason Statham type. This former member of the Lasat Honor Guard took much pride in busting the heads of Stormtroopers, and today he appears as the featured entry in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. STAR WARS REBELS is back for a second season this Fall on Disney XD.

Giveaway - LITTLEST PET SHOP DVD Bundle from Shout Factory!

After being reinvented numerous times over the years, Hasbro's LITTLEST PET SHOP continues to delight kids with new toys and an animated series on Discovery Family. While fans await the coming of the show's fourth season, the folks at Shout! Factory have continued releasing new DVD collections through their Shout! Kids label, the latest of which is PAWS FOR APPLAUSE.  To celebrate the latest release, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is giving you a chance to win a LITTLEST PET SHOP DVD Bundle that includes four recent LPS DVDs - PASSPORT TO FASHION, STRIKE A POSE!, PET SHOP PALS and PAWS FOR APPLAUSE!

Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Power of the Jedi Jek Porkins - 61 Days to Go...

Is it a coincidence that the one overweight member of the Red Squadron in STAR WARS was named Porkins? Red Six flew alongside Luke Skywalker, but Jek Porkins didn't last long, his X-Wing Fighter being shot down by an Imperial TIE Fighter while making an attack on the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin 4. Portrayed by actor William Hootkins, the 2000 Hasbro Power of the Jedi action figure of Porkins is today's featured entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. Hootkins, who died in 2005, was born on this day back in 1948. He also played another memorable role for many, that of Lt. Eckhardt in Tim Burton's 1989 BATMAN film.

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