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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Gardening

How to Grow a Pizza

Bored with your raised garden bed? Take your cues from Pizza Jerk, and plant for maximum flavor.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 09/21/2016

Trophy Case

13 Winning Home, Tech, and Fashion Finds in Local Design

Beautiful backpacks to custom claw-foot tubs, these Portland-designed goods are a step above.

  • By Marty Patail and Eden Dawn
  • Published 09/21/2016

Food Coma

Feast Portland 2016: A Retrospective

Senior editor Kelly Clarke and restaurant critic Karen Brooks recount four days of country ham chocolate bars, enormous shrimp tower phalluses, and heavenly Asian breakfast.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/21/2016

Eat Here Now

In Portland’s Poke Wars, Which Bowl Reigns Supreme?

The Hawaiian raw seafood trend has finally arrived. We size up three contenders.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 09/13/2016

Cocktails

Portland’s Five Best Spots for Bold New Coffee Cocktails

Calvados cold brew to persimmon eggnog latte, here’s where to get double buzzed.

  • By Danielle Centoni
  • Published 09/13/2016

Shoe Wars

Why Do Shoe Companies Keep Suing Each Other?

Especially Adidas.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 09/13/2016

Marijuana

Meet Three of Oregon’s Top Organic Pot Farmers

These are some next-level nugs.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 08/15/2016

Winning Finds

Pear-Flavored Vodka, ‘90s Video-Game Reboots, and Sustainable Planters

September's best local goods.

  • By Eden Dawn
  • Published 08/15/2016

RECIPES

Move Over, Gazpacho: This Summer Is All about Garlic Almond Soup

Here’s how to prepare Olympia Provisions’ silky-smooth, sherry-revved, garlic-forward sipper.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 07/12/2016

WINNING FINDS

These Portland-Made Workout Essentials Keep You Looking—and Smelling—Fresh

From herbal deodorant to coconut water cleansing wipes, here’s what to toss in your gym bag.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 06/24/2016

GOOD EATS

Is Oregon-Farmed Seaweed the Superfood of the Future?

Dig into some bacon of the sea.

  • By Hannah Wallace
  • Published 06/24/2016

RECIPE

Marionberries: Sweet, Savory, and Marvelously Drinkable

In our minds (and mouths), Oregon’s most distinguished berry is the marion. Here are three ways to tap into its soul.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 06/15/2016

MONEY

These Portland-Made Gold Certificates Could Be an Alt-Currency Treasure Trove

A way to accumulate gold, for the rest of us.

  • By Brandon Staley
  • Published 06/13/2016

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: 11 Portland Eats, Spots, and Sips We Can’t Resist Right Now

Iced matcha-chai lattes to killer pastrami sandwiches, here are some of our city’s most delicious things.

  • By Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, Eden Dawn, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/13/2016

DONUTSTROLOGY

Everything about Portland Can Be Summed Up with Doughnuts

Voodoo to Pip’s to Blue Star, our city’s soul is exemplified by fried dough.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/13/2016

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: Seven Curators and Creators Share Top Picks from Portland’s Arts Scene

From in-your-face theater to a bold magazine for women guitarists, here are some of Portland’s best things to watch, hear, and read.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann
  • Published 06/13/2016

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: June’s Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from handcrafted lamps to bike-friendly button-ups.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 05/19/2016

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
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