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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When I first heard about BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER'S JOURNEY, it was after it wowed audiences and took home a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This exceptionally moving documentary by Constance Marks tells the story of Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, SESAME STREET's most recognizable little red monster. Much to my surprise, the film popped up on Netflix Instant this week, so the little one and I sat down to watch it yesterday.
My wife is really excited about this. As a big fan of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (can't say I am), she's looking forward to the March 6th release of LULLABY RENDITIONS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND by ROCKABYE BABY!. Since the new ''new release" we're expecting in June is another girl, I'd suspect she'll be able to swoon in the nursery to the mellow sounds of the DMB, far away from those college boys in backwards baseball caps, Abercrombie & Fitch button-downs, and GAP cargo shorts. That said, The Rock Father has a stream of Crash Into Me from the new Rockabye Baby! record below. Check it out, and pre-order yours from their official site if ya dig.
''Ever get the feeling that you've been cheated?'' - John Lydon, SEX PISTOLS
On February 15, 2012 - a mere eight days ago - I posted my review of WONDER!, a 135,000 sq ft. children's mega-store in Deerfield, Illinois. In short, my family and I loved the store - er, the ''experience'' as it was more than pure retail - but the business side of me had some serious questions regarding the operation. Here's what I wrote in the closing portion of my lengthy report...
After being given an IKEA MÅLA Easel by my friend Scott last year (passed onto us after being used by his two kids), I recently set it up for my little one for the very first time. With a dry-erase whiteboard on one side and a blackboard on the other, my daughter loves it - particularly the blackboard. What I was surprised to learn is that the MÅLA is available new from IKEA for only $14.99, which is why I felt compelled to share my thoughts here on The Rock Father™.
The name Roger Priddy may not mean much to you. Despite selling over 65 million books worldwide and having his titles translated into over 30 languages, he's not exactly a household name. What this author of Children's books might be however, is the Stephen King of the toddler set. At some point within my daughter's first year of life, someone her Auntie Jill bought her a copy of Priddy's MILLIE COW. This over-sized ''board book'' bore a TJ MAXX sticker for $6.99, with an original price of $14.95. While the value was undoubtedly a delight, what was contained within it's pages would prove to be something that was anything but.
As each day passes, I always wonder if my children will be able to experience comic books the way I did growing up. It's no secret that the rise of digital vs. print and the skyrocketing cost of everything has taken a toll on the comic book industry, and it's becoming increasingly hard to find a cool local comic shop the way it was back in the 80's. One of the longest-running comic series' and publishers is ARCHIE, and while their flagship title generally still moves 15-20K print copies a month, they're embracing digital and facebook to reach new readers.