Derik Diaz was born and raised in Ithaca, New York where his interest in art and comic books developed at an early age. Derik studied Sequential Art at The Savannah College of Art and Design where he honed his skills and graduated with a BFA in 2008.
In 2011 Derik self-published a short action-adventure graphic novel entitled "Air-Heart" and has produced illustrations and storyboards for various companies in the U.S. Derik cites Bruce Timm, and Mike Weiringo as two of the largest influences on his personal artistic style.
Derik currently lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio where he continues to pursue his passion for comics. Recently he has begun to collaborate with local comic writer Donathin Frye on a variety of projects including coloring for the fantasy horror series I, Necromancer and the upcoming urban fantasy graphic novel Rewind.
Toad was first conceived of as a throwaway sketch on a random Friday circa 2014. Originally there were no plans to develop Toad beyond that point, but when Derik was looking for a new project to keep his sequential skills sharp, the character resurfaced. The concept for the character went through many revisions (even including a comedic approach) during the early stages of production. Eventually Toad morphed into his current form, and the webcomic was born. Toad's orange appearance was inspired by the golden toad of northern Costa Rica, which were first discovered in 1964 by Jay Savage. Sadly, Toad's forefathers are believed to have gone extinct as the last known citing of a male golden toad was on May 15th 1989. It is hypothosized that either change in climate or fungus played a part in their exctinction.