James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance. Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.
As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.
He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and 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.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, 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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This isn't a mistake - it's a happy little accident! My friends at Entertainment Earth (an affiliate partner) are rolling into San Diego Comic-Con International with a bunch of exclusives this year, and the latest they've teamed with The Rock Father™ Magazine to reveal is a shared exclusive from Royal Bobbles. You know him as the man who taught the world The Joy of Painting, and now Bob Ross is coming to life as a huge, 10¼" Bobblehead in a variant color scheme available first* at SDCC!
By this time back in 1989, thanks to Tim Burton's feature film, it was the Summer of BATMAN and by year's end, Bat-fever was everywhere. Just days before Christmas, Sunsoft released Batman: The Video Game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and nearly 30 years later it's still looked upon fondly as a classic game from the era. Now, the color scheme and spirit of that 8-Bit goodness is inspiring Entertainment Earth's latest SDCC-exclusive figure from Funko to be officially revealed right here on The Rock Father™ Magazine! The Batman Video Game Deco 8-Bit Pop! Vinyl Figure* will make its debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343, and I've got your official first-look as an affiliate partner of Entertainment Earth...
With changing habits and interests, we've been hearing a lot about how retail is moving toward being "experiential." This is also leading many brands to get creative in how they connect with families, and that means creating the experiences themselves. For the folks at Whirlpool Corporation, that meant a fresh approach to their World of Whirlpool in Chicago, now open to the public as a new consumer experience center. At the media preview this week, I had the opportunity to experience it first-hand, and my immediate thought is that this is exactly what companies need to be doing because it's going to allow the general public to learn in ways that have in many cases been limited to media or expensive courses. Whirlpool is going well beyond the typical appliance showroom by teaching "life hacks" and culinary literacy that will help people save time, save money, and most importantly - improve the time spent with family.
When I think about grandparents, my immediate line of thought is that our kids don't spend enough time with theirs - particularly my own parents. The barrier for us is distance, but for some families there's other things at play, language being one example. In the new book, Drawn Together, author Minh Lê and Caldecott-winning illustrator Dan Santat join forces to tell a heartwarming story of a grandfather and his grandson as they learn to overcome their language barrier through a shared love of art and storytelling. In the spirit of inspiring others, Disney-Hyperion and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to offer you a chance to win a hardcover copy of Drawn Together along with a Melissa & Doug Standing Easel. Check out a preview of the book below...
Insect Lore makes some fantastic kits for kids to learn about and grow their favorite insects, and now they're teaming up with the World of Eric Carle! For the first time ever, Insect Lore is combining their revolutionary habitat kits with the iconic art of World of Eric Carle for a kaleidoscope of unforgettable experiences through live lifecycle projects. We've done several Insect Lore kits here at Rock Father HQ, so I can tell you that we have some first-hand experience with these and I highly recommend them.
After a long, 14-year wait, the Parr family is back on the big screen with Disney•Pixar's Incredibles 2 blasting into theaters for a new tale filled with heroic action! Now, The Rock Father™ has teamed-up Fandango and the all-new Fandango FanShop to give you a shot at getting geared-up for the movie in-style with a truly incredible prize pack. Three (3) lucky readers will receive bundles including a limited-edition Fandango Gift Card, plus a Funko Pop! vinyl figure, t-shirt and more!