Friday, November 22 2013 01:42

2013 Chicago Toy & Game Fair kicks off in style with playCHIC...

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The 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair takes place this weekend at Navy Pier, but just hours ago the festivities got off to a fashionable start with The 2nd Annual playCHIC Fashion Show at the River East Art Center. Hundreds of insiders from the toy and game worlds came together with those from the fashion industry for a runway show that combined "fierce fashion with top toys." Now, I'm not exactly known for being fashionable, but my reaction after attending my first-ever fashion show? Very impressive...

playCHIC 2013

Anna van Slee, playCHIC DirectorThe Toy/Game - Designer Pairings were as follows:

  • Leapfrog - Elda De La Rosa
  • Settlers of Catan - Michelle Tan
  • Kickboard USA - Peach Carr
  • Bananagrams - Gibeon Tolbert
  • txTylz - Joan Severance

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Actress/Fashion Designer/Game Designer Joan Severance...

Kickboard USA designs by Peach Carr...

Leapfrog Learning-inspired dress by Elda De La Rosa

Check out http://www.chitagfair.com/ for full details on this weekend's events, or search #ChiTAGFair on your favorite social networks to follow along.

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.

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