I recently heard about a guy who owned a copy of Pink Floyd's The Wall when he was a kid. He would sometimes consider the gatefold, but he very rarely played the album. It was just too overwhelming an experience.
I'm having a similar difficulty with Carnivàle, the first season of which I found on sale for $12. I find the art on the box to be, frankly, overwhelming. I've got it up as my OS wallpaper. When I'm between tasks, I often find myself staring at it and imagining the stories behind the characters. At this point I can't quite summon myself to start watching the shows because the experience is almost certainly going to be a let-down.
I've done a little internet digging to see who's responsible for the art. It's tough to say, but I'm guessing the box art is done by A52, the folks responsible for the opening title sequence.