Unpacking my Dream of the Rarebit Fiend

In December 2007, my much awaited copy of the book Dream of the Rarebit Fiend arrived and as many I decided to capture the unpacking experience. I also asked my associate Huib van Opstal to write an analysis of the work, which he gladly did.

Cardboard box with red stamps

This news article will not go deeply into the contents of the book, because for this I gladly refer you to Huib van Opstal’s analysis of the Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. I just wanted to share the experience of receiving a coffeetable book weighing 4.3 kilograms, with a size rendering the coffee table itself useless.

I captured the unpacking in this slideshow and set of pictures but the unpacking experience is a true marvel. The book is packaged in a cardboard box, with some nice Winsor McCay like stamps in strategic places. Opening the cardboard box will not reveal the book itself, but does get you in the mood with some nice printouts, excerpts and promotional material. The book itself is still hiden in several meters of bubble wrap. But the reward is wonderful when you finally get your hands on a huge book + DVD with a wealth of reference and inspiration related to Winsor McCay and the full contents of his Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

But for some real thorough analysis and reflection on the work of Winsor McCay, I suggest you find some inspiration in this guest article by Huib van Opstal.