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The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is coming...

I sincerely hope you enjoyed my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father! Believe it or not, preparations for the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide are already underway. Do you represent something that my readers should know about? Click here for details on how to submit your item for possible inclusion, today!

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) Blogger, 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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Back-to-School Giveaway: Celebrate the Series 7 Premiere of WORDGIRL on PBS KIDS!

PBS KIDS VIPOn Monday, August 4, PBS KIDS will debut the Season 7 Premiere of Scholastic Media's WORDGIRL with a week of five “brain-ier” than-ever episodes – each inviting kids to join WordGirl and her friends as they fight the “cheesy” tactics and dastardly tricks of local villain Dr. Two Brains, while learning new vocabulary words all along the way! To celebrate the new season, Scholastic, THE ROCK FATHER and PBS KIDS have teamed-up for a giveaway - perfect for Back-to-School - with a prize pack that includes a book, t-shirt, temporary tattoo and a messenger bag.

Throwback Thursday: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - Rocket Racoon and The Rock Father?

This weekend, moviegoers will hopefully be headed to the cinema in droves to see the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is released. I've long-held that it's the most "out there" of the Marvel movies thus far, and one that might be confusing to folks only familiar with the bigger name Marvel heroes like CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN or THE X-MEN. By now, you've likely seen the marketing materials, and noticed at the forefront a little guy with a very big gun... ROCKET RACOON. Now, you might think that this character is CGI, but you'd be mistaken. While it's true that Bradley Cooper is providing his voice this time around, Rocket is very much the real deal, and in the years prior to his service with Groot and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), he was known to roll with yours truly. Yep, it's time for Throwback Thursday with Rocket Racoon and The Rock Father, circa 2008!


THE ROCK FATHERAs I decided to resurrect my old "Random Rock" Column this week, I started looking at the news in my inbox and having flashbacks to a pre-email era. MELVINS... ALICE IN CHAINS... HARVEY DANGER... REVEREND HORTON HEAT? Was it 1997 again? I say that in jest, of course, since I love all of those bands.

Below, you'll find rapid-fire updates on those artists and more, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

What Does the Atlas Corporation have to do with CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE?

#ForGrownups: I almost started the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide tonight. Almost. Very tempting, because this is the type of thing that goes well as a gift - so well that the folks at Activision even dropped the word "Holiday" into their announcement, as "upping the ante this Holiday" season. When you think about it, November pretty much is a holiday for COD enthusiasts - myself included, as it's the one game I indulge in like clockwork once a year. On November 4, it happens again with the release of CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE, and today comes news of three special editions... The Atlas Pro Edition and Atlas Limited Edition (available for pre-order while supplies last) and the Digital Pro Edition that will be available for pre-order at a later date. Full details follow.

Summer Superhero Action: THE ROCK FATHER's Netflix #StreamTeam Picks

Netflix Stream TeamAhhh yes, the end of July. As many of you know, the annual Comic-Con International just wrapped-up in San Diego this past weekend, bringing together the best in pop culture fandom under one roof. While I was not there, I still covered some of the news here on THE ROCK FATHER, all while intently keeping an eye on all things super - because, at the end of the day, it's still Comic-Con, and while it's everything entertainment at this point, the event has a history rooted in the panels of comic books. With that in mind, I'm putting a post-SDCC spin on my Netflix #StreamTeam column this month, highlighting some comic-based, heroic content for you to enjoy with the family on nearly any device.

The Great American Road Trip: Philadelphia, The Liberty Bell and the ROCKY Experience...

When I last paused my story, we'd arrived in Philadelphia on nearly no sleep after our drive from Chicago, but with two girls that were ready to roll. We'd stopped by the DoubleTree Philadelphia, but knowing how early we were, as expected, our room was not yet ready. Fueled only by coffee, we set out for Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell to jump right into that true Philly experience. Being a Sunday, we were ahead of the crowds, and managed to stop by Carpenter's Hall and the Betsy Ross house as well...

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