I've often thought C.M. Coolidge's "A Friend in Need" was ripe for parody. That's why I got a kick out of Mark Sowa's reinterpretation of it entitled "Thursday night Book Club" or "Dogs Reading Books."
Mark says his version was inspired by thinking "about friends gathered together, and what better iconic image to use than 'A Friend In Need' by C.M. Coolidge? Although the classic original is instantly recognizable, people usually know it as simply 'Dogs Playing Poker', and hardly anyone knows who the artist is. Our interpretation pays homage to Mr. Coolidge, while at the same time 'uplifting' the casual pursuits of its participants. What could be more politically correct?"
He's right. No smoking, drinking, gambling, or cheating. But still lots of fun.
Mark's version is available at his Owl Square Press which specializes in bookish prints. I think he has a new future in bookish dog prints too.
And here's the original (available at Amazon ) for comparison:
Watch a video of the reinterpretation:
A new classic is born!