5 for 5: 5 Comics of 5 Movies in 5 Panels

Author: John Matsuya & Ben Matsuya
Illustrator: Ben Matsuya
Rating: All ages

An annual Matsuya brothers tradition - just as important as Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Day Movie releases, and New Years Countdowns - is debating and choosing our favorite films of the year. At the end of 2017, Ben and I turned some of our favorite movies into one page comic panels with our Five For Five Comics. We were hoping to share some of our picks in a unique way, get traffic to our friends over at Indiewire, and form a case study for an art-centric content campaign. We were fairly confident about Five for Five as a concept, but we didn't anticipate just the level of enthusiasm we generated across different websites.

We were profiled and interviewed by journalists at slashfilm, nerdist, i09, and Trunkspace, all asking us why we selected these movies and what they meant to us. After some reflection - we collected our reasoning behind picking Get Out, The Shape of Water, Okja, Good Time, and The Florida Project and published it here. We also delve into how we designed the artwork for each of the comic panels and detailed our thought process behind choosing the shots, colors, and angles. We returned again in 2018 with another 5 for 5, collecting films like Black Panther, The Favourite, You Were Never Really Here, First Reformed, and Eighth Grade.

Best Movies of 2017 5 For 5

Best Movies of 2018 5 For 5

Needless to say - Spoilers Abound Below: