Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

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RECIPE

Bollywood Theater Serves Up a Spicy, Fruity Indian Chutney

Troy McLarty's rhubarb strawberry achaar is a real spring pickle.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 04/22/2016

EAT HERE NOW

Jook Joint Makes the Southern-Fried Asian Eats You Never Knew You Craved

At his downtown cart, Texas-born chef Ryan Ostler serves up soulful, inventive dishes.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/22/2016

MARIJUANA

Oregon’s Super-High Standards for Marijuana Edibles

And why you can’t eat this cannabis ice cream (yet).

  • Published 04/22/2016

REVIEW

Granola Power Ranking

Presenting Portland’s best morning bowls, oats to nuts.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/25/2016

SPRING ARTS

Can Portland Artists Survive the City’s New Gilded Age?

A property boom means mass evictions and escalating rents. What does that mean for our creative scene?

  • By Fiona McCann
  • Published 03/01/2016

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: March’s Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from ergonomically pleasing knives to an app that’ll help you make spontaneous plans

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 03/01/2016

PDX INDEX

The New York Times Has Been Obsessed With Portland Even Longer Than We Thought

From 1854 to today, the Gray Lady has played our city hot and cold.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 03/01/2016

Super Bowl

Grub Guide: Portland's 2016 Super Bowl Eats

We’ve got the spread covered with a list of go-to Portland eateries screening the big game, along with a few gut-busting specials you can enjoy from your couch.

  • By Alex Keith
  • Published 02/04/2016

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: February’s Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from aphrodisiac bitters to exquisite stone jewelry

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 01/25/2016

RECIPE

A Taste of True Catalan Comfort

Spanish Modernist Jose Chesa shares a recipe from his chocolate-fueled childhood.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 01/25/2016

BIG PICTURE

Adding Soul to Custom Caskets

Two Portland tattoo artists create “death-positive” coffins in their own home.

  • By Megan Haverman
  • Published 01/25/2016

5 THINGS ABOUT

Union Station Turns 120

We visit our iconic train station’s past and predict its future.

  • By Katie Vaughan
  • Published 01/25/2016

PORTLAND BUCKET LIST

50 Things Every Portlander Must Do

From transplants to natives, we present a quirky and quintessential bucket list for every type of Portlander.

  • By Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Allison Jones, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 12/21/2015

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: January’s Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from sleek winter jackets to beautiful screwdrivers (really!)

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 12/21/2015

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

7 Local Gifts for the Arts Aficionado

Books, tickets, records, and art! We've got all you need for the culture buff in your life.

  • By Fiona McCann and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 12/03/2015

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Local Gifts for the Portland Foodie

Our annual roundup of the shiniest kitchen tools, most covetable stocking stuffers, and undeniably crave-worthy foodstuffs to give this holiday season.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 12/01/2015

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

Whether you need a pillowy, Jersey-style meatball parm or Latin-spiced birds drizzled in garlicky, neon green aji sauce, these are the places you must visit this week.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 11/18/2015

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From a last Alsatian supper at Gruner to the city’s best fried brunch, these are the places you must visit this week.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 11/04/2015

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: November's Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from a blanket homage to the Pacific Crest Trail to leather iPhone wallets.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 10/19/2015

LESS IS MORE

When it Comes to Choosing Paint Colors, These Portland Pros Keep it Simple

Northeast Portland's Colorhouse offers just 128 colors to avoid decision overload.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 10/05/2015
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