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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting 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 an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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There's no disputing that there's a lot of bricks and blocks on the market, "compatible" brands that all essentially do the same thing. So how do you build upon that without doing the same old thing? With E-Blox, that means bringing some real tech into a system of bricks and modules that are indeed compatible with many major brands of bricks and blocks, but with the additional plug-and-play ability to add lights, sounds, motion and more to their creations. An independent company based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, this father and sons operation has gained major ground in just two years, and for 2018 their Story Blox sets are a Holiday Wish Guide™ pick. These new sets let kids learn by building as they build creations that are featured in a series of original books. The Rock Father™ and E-Blox have teamed-up to showcase these new sets and give you a chance to win the Story Blox set of your choice - a perfect holiday gift 

There's a lot of newer holiday traditions that have hit the scene in recent years, some of which it could be argued have added some additional stress to what can already be a stressful season. But last year, Reindeer in Here arrived, bringing families a fun, new stress-free tradition. In early December, the Reindeer in Here plush and book "magically" arrive from Santa as a first gift for the season. Rather than send a mischievous minion to "spy" on kids, this loving reindeer is here to get to know each child better to learn their true Christmas wishes and to celebrate the differences of every child and each family. Last year, Reindeer in Here quickly sold-out, but for 2018 it's back for a second-edition - quickly becoming an Amazon Top Pick and #1 Bestseller! To celebrate, The Rock Father™ and Reindeer in Here have teamed-up to showcase the magic and give you a chance to win your own Reindeer in Here gift pack as part of the 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™!

There's a few artists whose concert films I always pick up, and Brian Setzer is one of those. While he's had several DVD and Blu-ray releases over the years, only a a handful have focused on The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and there hasn't been a holiday release since 2005's Christmas Extravaganza. That changes this season with the release of Christmas Rocks! Live, coming to Blu-ray on November 9, 2018 via Surfdog Records. See the trailer and full tracklisting below, and if you want more family entertainment for the holidays, check out The Rock Father's Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music and Movies for 2018, a presentation of my Holiday Wish Guide™!

It hasn't been officially announced by any of the involved parties just yet, but those awaiting news on where Geoffrey's Toy Box merchandise would show up now have an answer. Pallet shippers of Toys "R" Us house brand merchandise are now arriving at Kroger stores as part of the new Geoffrey's Toy Box collection from Geoffrey, LLC. The Ohio-based Kroger operates stores under several names in around 35 states, and there's no word yet on if all of their affiliated brands will be included in the Geoffrey's Toy Box program or not.

For Veterans Day 2018, IAmElemental, pioneers in the female action figure category, will debut a new children’s activity book, the Elements of Power Workbook.  The books are being Made in America, printed by Auch Printing, Inc. - a second-generation veteran-owned business based in Glenside, Pennsylvania. All profits from workbooks sold during the month of November will support United Through Reading, an organization that connects military families who are separated -- for deployment or military assignment -- by providing the bonding experience of shared storytime.  In addition, on Veterans Day, observed Monday, November 12, all profits from all sales at IAmElemental.com will benefit the charity.  

It's Monday morning as I write this, and as has been the case in recent years, there's a feeling of disappointment. You see, yesterday was trick-or-treat day where we live here in Illinois - 1-4pm on a Sunday. The next subdivision over (literally around the corner and across the street) is a different town and will do theirs on Wednesday, Halloween proper.

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