Charles Dewandeler wants to entertain you. Born and raised in the suburbs of Metro Detroit, he grew up on a healthy diet of Disney cartoons, Saturday Night Live, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks, and Steven Spielberg movies.
During a family trip to Disney World he attended their Animation Class which included a tour of Disney's Animation Studios. At 9 years old, Charles attempted to animate his own Little Mermaid cartoon. Disappointed with the final product, he gave up on his dream of becoming a Disney animator and adopted a new dream... becoming the next Steven Spielberg.
Starting in the 5th grade, Charles began writing, directing, and editing his own live action short films and sketch comedy videos. In addition, he started writing and drawing his own comic books.
After graduating high school, Charles studied at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts (the closest thing Detroit had to a film school), receiving a Certificate in TV Production. Charles continued his higher education for another four years, obtaining a Bachelors Degree from Wayne State University majoring in TV and Film.
While attending WSU, Charles worked at his hometown television station - Clinton Township Television (CTTV). There he honed his craft as a director and editor, as he produced talk shows, music performances, news segments, and other programs.
In 2008, Charles moved to Los Angeles, CA starting from square one, not knowing anyone in the entertainment industry. Within a few short months he landed one of his most enjoyable gigs, editing on the hit standup comedy show “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment” for the Starz network.
Charles' adoration of Mel Brook's satire movies inspired him to direct his own feature film “Parody Movie” and release it on Amazon Prime. Shortly thereafter he launched a new YouTube channel Spoof Troupe where he directed sketch comedy videos in the style of “Saturday Night Live” and “In Living Color”. The videos he wrote, directed, and edited have amassed over 35 million views on YouTube alone.
Charles never lost his fondness for comic books. After discovering his friend was dressing up as a superhero to visit sick kids in the hospital, Charles requested permission to create a backstory for the character MotorCity Saint. To illustrate the comic book's 1st issue he enlisted the help of artist Paul D. London. “MotorCity Saint” No. 1 was released as an ebook on Kindle and ComiXology and a limited number of hard copies were sold at comic book conventions.
Meanwhile, Charles continued writing screenplays and in 2017 he adapted one of those screenplays into a novel. The supernatural/thriller “Black Ice” was originally fueled by Charles' fear of driving and the belief he may have been killed in a car accident in a previous lifetime. Charles wrote “Black Ice” to educate drivers about the dangers of driving in cold weather. He hoped “Black Ice” would make readers fear driving the way “Jaws” (1975) made people afraid of the ocean and “Psycho” (1960) made women afraid of taking a shower.
As superhero movies began monopolizing the box office, Charles decided to write a new book about the fascinating history of superheroes in comic books, TV, and film. “Superheroes, Their Movies, And Why We Love Them” covers the behind the scenes stories of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Stan Lee, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and much more! Shortly after the book's release, “Avengers: Endgame” became the highest grossing movie of all time, cementing superheroes dominance in popular culture.
Charles continues to write, direct, and edit. He has directed over 100 YouTube videos and short films, written 12 screenplays, and edited several TV shows. His most recent credits include season 2 of “The Kindness Diaries” for Netflix and an episode of “The Wall” for NBC.
He is especially fond of his newest comic book project “Ghost Wranglers” about a team of southern ghost hunters who travel the world in search of evil ghosts.
In his spare time, Charles also enjoys photography and drawing. You can check out his pictures on instagram @CharlesDewandeler
After his wife is killed by an evil ghost, southern animal trapper Jim Dude becomes a ghost hunter. He forms a team with his cousin Chester (an inventor), their friend Shirlene (a skeptical reporter), and his ghost wife Annabelle. Together these "Ghost Wranglers" travel the World battling evil spirits and providing peace for the innocent.
"The best new comic book in 20 years!" A supernatural adventure which treads the fine line between humor and despair.
Amazon Readers agree, "Awesome!" "I loved Ghost Wranglers!" "Perfect for someone looking for something new!"
The incredible 80+ year history of superheroes in comic books and film. Featuring shocking behind the scenes stories of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, and much more!
This book answers all the age-old questions! Is Superman the first superhero? What would Marvel be without Stan Lee? Why did movie studios reject Batman in the 80's? What happened to James Cameron's Spider-Man movie? Who's winning the war between DC and Marvel? And who is the most popular superhero?
Executive Producer of the Batman films, Michael E. Uslan writes, "Charles Dewandeler's book was a Batastic read... told with a love for all these great super-heroes who comprise the world's modern day mythology."
Paperback copies of the book are available in full color from BarnesandNoble.com, eBooks are available on Kindle and other popular eBook providers.
Every year, 800 Americans are killed (and thousands more injured) in accidents caused by cold weather. But what if these accidents aren't accidents at all?
In this thrilling novel by Charles Dewandeler, a small midwest town is threatened by a dark force killing it's residents. Following the mysterious deaths of his sister and his best friend, a local teenager (Rob) vows to stop the devastation by any means necessary... even if that means putting his life on the line!
Amazon readers describe the book as, "A fast-paced, page-turner" and "Amazing book kept me on my toes." The only book which is scary, sexy, funny and could save your life! This supernatural, thriller is intended for ages 17+ and is available in paperback through Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. The eBook is available through several popular eBook providers.
News reporter Trevor investigates a series of alien abductions in New Mexico and discovers a group of abductees who wish to be abducted again.
This comedy short film by Charles Dewandeler is a proof-of-concept for a feature, produced in the style of a mockumentary. It is available for free on Spoof Troupe's YouTube channel.
Wannabe director David and his cocky, best-friend Curt set out to produce the greatest spoof movie ever!!! But they have no money and no script! This doesn't stop them from spoofing the greatest movies of all time! Superheroes, Pirates and Wizards beware, 'Parody Movie' is going to rock your Universe!!!
This hilarious feature film written and directed by Charles Dewandeler, was filmed almost entirely in Metro Detroit, Michigan. It is currently available on Amazon Prime, free for subscribers and only .99 cents for non-subscribers.
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This comic book created by Charles Dewandeler and Kevin Bruinsma features the origin of MotorCity Saint, Detroit's own superhero! Artwork by Paul D. London. Paperback copies are currently only available at autograph signings. The eBook is available around the World on Kindle and ComiXology.
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