Daydreams Comics

Established in 1986, we've been a part of downtown Iowa City for over three decades. We specialize i

Photos from Iowa City Downtown District's post 12/12/2023

Downtown Iowa City is simply the best ☺️


It’s Small Business Saturday! Come enjoy a day of shopping and fun in downtown Iowa City, with 10% off ALL comics and toys!

Photos from Daydreams Comics's post 11/24/2023

Black Friday sale on toys and back issues, INCLUDING all graded comics! In store, today only: also swing by the ped mall pop up shops for some pop culture items not found in the shop!


More to come 😏


“Hey everyone! I’m headed to Europe and the UK for four weeks to work for some friends who are doing their biggest headline tour to date! Nathan and the gang will be holding down the fort while I’m gone, so be extra nice to them for allowing me to take some time off! I’ll be back in time for Thanksgiving weekend and we may or may not have some plans up our sleeves” 😏😉 See you all soon 👋🏻


Get ready for spooky season with a slew of new horror themed comics releasing this week!

Want to give a big shout out to who I went to high school with and hung out with a lot back in my younger days in our hometown of Burlington. He is releasing Beneath The Trees Where Nobody Sees #1 this week from Can’t wait to see where this journey goes! We have lots of copies on hand, please give it a look. Always love to see friends succeeding in the things that make them happy, and honored to support those endeavors 👏🏻👊🏻🥰 Congrats Pat!


The drops keep coming: 151 Ultra Premium Collection releases today along with two 151 box sets, and a new Crown Zenith Morpeko box!


We have a handful of Halloween Trick or Trade packages available! Each package has 50 mini packs of cards, a great alternative to candy for trick or treaters this year! Anyone dressing up as Pokémon characters this year?


Lots of new card products in from the last couple weeks! Never too early to start planning for the holidays 🤔🤔🤔


Scarlet & Violet Obsidian Flames is in stock now! Booster packs, boxes and ETB’s while supplies last 👊🏻


Get ready for back to school with new products! New erasers and pencil cases plus a tin lunch box are all in stock now.


A couple new products in the shop: 2023 Topps Chrome baseball hobby boxes and Return of the Jedi Chrome Sapphire! Get your shiny card fix while supplies last!


We are expanding our hours on Sunday! We will be open noon - 5pm (instead of 4pm) for the foreseeable future 🕔🛍️📚


It’s the end of an era: today marks the beginning of Jake’s last week at the shop. After 15 years, he has decided to pursue a career path in the medical world! We thank him for his great efforts over the years to help keep the shop running smoothly, the back issues priced, and smiles on customers faces. We all wish him the absolute best in his new adventure. His last day will be Friday, June 23rd, so swing through and bid him a “see you later” because if you’re lucky, you may see him in the future picking up his pull list from the shop, instead of going to that other one… 😜😬👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻

From Jake:

I grew up infatuated with comic books. Their magic of possibility & imagination were both my doorway and my escape. My love was genuine and sewn into my very fabric. But as I grew, I found out about this new thing that took up my time, attention and most important my money: girls. It wasn't until college when I came to the realization that "women suck" and I cozied back up to my long-lost friend, comics.

Not too long after though my local college town shop closed, and I needed a new joint to feed my habit. I'll be honest, Laramie (or Wook as he is better known around these parts) was my introduction to Daydreams and put me off a bit the first time I met him. With his long hair, big stature and brash enthusiasm, this comic-squatch made me apprehensive. I was too demure and he was too boisterously nice for me.

It may be embarrassing to say but I chose to get my stack from Iguanas. I didn't live in town or go in the shop, so it was easy to make such a mistake. But as their Beanie Baby empire came crumbling down, my partner moved my list over to Daydreams. She occasionally read some comics but would frequently speak to the knowledgeable and friendly owner Adam about a variety of other topics when she would pick up my pull.

Eventually I graduated and moved to Iowa City to then strike up my own rewarding friendship quickly with Adam. I would assume it was my cordiality, taste, and ability that led Adam to extend a job offer my way. I never looked back. From part-time, to full-time, to management, Daydreams has been a dream job and my opportunity to give of myself to all of you over the past 15 years. Through multiple locations, multiple owners, many deep friendships, and more comics than I care to contemplate this has been my rewarding journey over these long years.

Now, I leave the banner of “comic shop guy” to the capable hands of Zach, Nathan, and whomever the next lucky soul that steps up to replace me in the business of selling dreams. I have accepted a new position at the University of Iowa hospital and this will be my last week working at Daydreams Comics. It has been a long and joyous ride with you all and my envious pleasure to serve you these many long years. I want to thank you all for giving me a home, letting me thrive and grow as a person, and welcoming me as a friend & member of the Daydreams family. I love you all and hope that I have made your Wednesday’s more blessed and your love of comics even deeper.

I have been and always shall be your friend.

Jake Nelson


Big week for new cards! Paldea Evolved drops today, Series 2 baseball is in stock, as well as 2023 Bowman Chrome U, featuring Iowa Hawkeye legend Swing down and rip some packs!

Photos from Daydreams Comics's post 05/06/2023

With an initial forecast for high winds, and now rain throughout the day, we are going to be doing a bit different this year: we will have pre packaged lots of five comics to give away! They are all grouped by age content (all ages, teen, and mature/teen - one pack per customer). The front and back comics are varied, and the interior comics will also be randomly organized. Maybe not the most ideal way to go about it, but it’s what we have! As an added bonus, we have randomly inserted ten gift certificates to the shop throughout the packs 🤑 we are also having a sale on all back issues and packaged toy. Kicks off at 11am, hope you can make it down ❤️


It’s that time of year again: is right around the corner. Swing into the shop on Saturday, May 6th for some freebies and specials!


It’s officially a snow day at the shop! We will be closed for today (Thursday, February 16th) and plan to be open normal hours again starting tomorrow. Sorry for any inconvenience, and hope you enjoy your day either out in the snow or inside where it’s warm!

Cedar Rapids Comic & Toy Show - Feb 5 01/25/2023

Cedar Rapids Comic Con is right around the corner! It’s been a few years, but we will have a table this time around...but what are we bringing 🤔 come out and find out!

Cedar Rapids Comic & Toy Show - Feb 5

Photos from Daydreams Comics's post 01/12/2023

Well, good news/bad news: the X-Men #1 I purchased a couple months ago is back and for sale! Unfortunately I chose the wrong person to wash out some water staining on the front cover, and it is now considered restored 🤦🏻‍♂️ the book looks significantly better, but having a restored notation turns off a lot of potential buyers. I can supply before/after photos if anyone would like to see the difference.

That said, the books is now for sale in the shop! Price: $8000.

I will consider cash/trade deals as well, but only for higher value ($500+ value) comics that are also graded by CGC or CBCS.



Yup…no real excuse, labels were printed 12/27…👎🏻

All Marvel, DC & IDW products for the week will be ready to roll when we open 👏🏻


We are featured in the Winter 2022/23 edition of Iowa Magazine, highlighting some of the best places to find your next favorite book in Iowa City! Lots of great options in this city of literature 📖👊🏻


We apologize for any inconvenience, but we have closed for the rest of the day due to inclement weather.
We will see you tomorrow, hopefully.
Have a nice day and stay warm!


Here are our holiday hours through the end of the year. Normal hours will continue outside of these days.

We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season! 🎄❄️🎅🏻


It’s at retailers across the country! We have a selection of LCSD exclusives available at the shop, and they are only available if you stop in to purchase 😬 Grab some other reading material for those post meal hangovers…


The World Cup is in full swing! We have a handful of soccer products on hand, rip some packs to find your favorite players!


We have Ultra Premium Collection Charizard boxes in stock! We expect these to go quick, a must for big time collectors!


Nice end to the day at the shop 🙅🏻


If you haven’t heard, there’s a new Batman Spawn one shot headed our way! These two teamed up in a pair of one shots back in 1994, and will be reuniting once again for an issue releasing December 14, 2022. Todd McFarlane will be teaming up with long time Spawn artist and New 52 Batman artist Greg Capullo for this issue. Orders are due next week, and there are a variety of covers to choose from. If you want to grab a copy, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reserve one ASAP. You can view available covers at when you search Batman Spawn in the search box at the top of the page. We are able to guarantee any open order (non ratio) variant if orders are requested by 10/23/22! Stop by, call, email or DM before then 🦇🔥🦸🏻‍♂️⛓


Tomorrows the day; Catch in the shop noon-4! Admission is free, there is a charge for autographs and photos. He will also have merchandise available

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21 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA

Opening Hours

Monday 12pm - 4pm
Tuesday 12pm - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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