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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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

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

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 06/13/2016

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

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
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