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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The Inside Scoop on Portland’s First Korean Food Festival

Local bigwigs, fusion specialists, and Beaverton institutions join forces for the city’s inaugural Korean food fest.

  • By Katie Vaughan
  • Published 09/30/2015
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Peek Inside the Ultimate Portland Gym Bag

These Portland-made essentials, from deodorant to dry shampoo, keep your workout looking—and smelling—fresh.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 09/21/2015
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Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25

Budget-friendly vino doesn't have to sacrifice flavor or local cred—especially in Oregon. Our panel of local wine pros blind-tasted more than 300 bottles to find the state's best wallet-friendly labels.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 09/21/2015
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Everything You Need to Know About Bitters from Mark Bitterman's Groundbreaking New Book

The obsessive 'Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters and Amari' reveals the wild, wide world of the once-humble cocktail dropper.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/21/2015
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Gadgets, Rubs, Tinctures, and Other Highlights from Oregon's New Weed Economy

This month’s hottest locally made goods—the weed edition!

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 09/21/2015
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Portland News to Chew: Tea Booze! RIP Chopsticks II!

Chopsticks II closes, Hood River Distillery opens a tasting room, and the New York Times loves/hates us.

  • By Katie Vaughan
  • Published 09/14/2015
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6 Local Beauty and Body Products We're Loving Right Now

Local products to smooth, tone, and hydrate you from head to toe.

  • By Eden Dawn
  • Published 08/24/2015
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Portland Chefs Share Why Their Favorite Knives Are a Cut Above

5 local kitchen legends reveal their collective crush on the new Portland Knife House.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 08/24/2015
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Doughnut Shop Pip’s Original Debuts Pip’s Pop and Newly Expanded Space

Fremont’s mini-doughnut mecca keeps cool with a new line of chai and coffee toddy popsicles—and a lot more elbow room for its fans.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/20/2015
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Portland's Colorful Mural Festival is Changing the Face of the City

Local and international artists take to the streets for the annual Forest for the Trees festival with 15 new murals.

  • By Fiona McCann and Michael Novak
  • Published 07/20/2015
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Biwa's Perfect Summer Drink is Powered by Shochu

Mix it up this summer with chuhais, Japanese shochu cocktails.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/20/2015
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Dipping into Portland's Best Guacamole

A blind tasting of two dozen avocado dips reveals that the city's best guacs are all about the details.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 07/20/2015
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Mastering the Art of Home-Brewed Kombucha

Salt, Fire & Time's Tressa Yellig shares her secrets to the best 'booch around.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 07/13/2015
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The 10 Best Beaches, Rivers, and Pools Around Portland

Cool off with these watery ways to make the most of the Northwest summer—and feel great doing it.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 07/13/2015
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Kim Jong Grillin’ Opens Second Food Cart in Northeast Portland

From collaborative dinners with Portland chefs to new cart luxuries (outdoor tables! beer!), Han Ly Hwang ramps up his considered Korean street food.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/23/2015
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Superstar Norwegian Architects Will Reveal the New James Beard Market This Week

Acclaimed firm Snohetta will preview its plans to transform a dour parking lot into locavore heaven.

  • By Rachel Sandstrom
  • Published 06/22/2015
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Drink in Style: Portland's New Beer Gear

Beervana is calling. Come prepared with these local drinking tools.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 06/22/2015
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Trophy Case: July's Best Local Stuff

This month's hottest locally made goods, from penny-inspired pendant lights to the perfect weekend travel bag.

  • Published 06/22/2015
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Upgrade Your Picnic Hot Dogs with Stellar Toppings and Sides

Stray Dogs give Fourth of July outdoor eats some major pop.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 06/22/2015
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3 Local Bottle Companies Beg You to Ditch the Plastic

A new generation of locally made, reusable water bottles, growlers, and green-juice carriers adds bonus points to your daily H2O.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 05/26/2015
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