Meet the team
Husband and wife Eleazar and Bekah Ruiz, along with Eleazar's brother Rommel, sat down to write and illustrate their first children’s book.
After three years of writing, storyboarding, and illustrating, the time came to find a publisher. But it proved difficult to find a good fit for the type of work they wanted to make.
They dreamed of partnering with a company where theology was elevated and art was highly valued. Unfortunately, they found that in the current publishing world, those characteristics can be rare.
So in response, the Ruizes — Bekah (an educator), Rommel (a commercial artist), and Eleazar (an art director/graphic designer) — founded Patrol Books to support the release of their first children’s book: Golly's Folly: The Prince Who Wanted it All. Their goal was to create a publishing house where other authors and illustrators with like-minded passion could publish their works.
Six months after releasing Golly's Folly to some success, Patrol became more than just a book publisher, selling films in addition to books. The Patrol roster grew, adding new team members and new books along the way.
Learning from the lessons of 2017, Patrol has positioned itself as an illustration studio which releases original stories crafted by an internal team of passionate storytellers and artists. Patrol's focus is on coming up with new stories and presenting them in well-written, beautifully illustrated books.
Patrol presented this new model as it launched its very first Kickstarter campaign. The whole team was so encouraged by people's enthusiastic and generous response, as Patrol received $40,000 in order to help launch its next wave of stories.