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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EAT THIS NOW

3 Comforting Dishes to Help You Survive the Late-Winter Drizzle

Hot, Creamy, Cheesy: these gray-day plates will keep spirits high until the sun returns.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 02/02/2015
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POUR

Townshend's Tea Unveils a New Line of Spirits Distilled from Tea

After tackling bubble tea, chai, and kombucha, a local outfit unveils the world’s first tea-based spirits.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 02/02/2015
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BIG PICTURE

This Majestically Decayed Warehouse Is Incubating New Ideas in Food and Business

Could Ecotrust’s new project be a new asset for Portland’s gastro-entrepreneurs and an example of enlightened capitalism?

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 02/02/2015
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RECIPE

Tex-Mex Touchdown! Recipes For Your Super Bowl Spread

La Taq’s fundido, salsa, and fumble-free guacamole are this year’s top gridiron party prospects.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 01/28/2015
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THE MONEY ISSUE

Inside the Mind of A Portland Angel Investor

Venture capitalist Eric Rosenfeld talks about our start-up scene, where the money is coming from, and how Portland can cash in even more.

  • By Marty Patail
  • Published 01/05/2015
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BIG PICTURE

Ghost in the Machine

Design firm KeeganMeegan & Co. operate 19th-century letterpress machines for the 21st-century print revival.

  • By Kate Goodling
  • Published 01/05/2015
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THE MONEY ISSUE

How Portland's 'Publicly Traded Person' Landed a Movie Deal with Jason Bateman

The story behind one Portlander’s decision to sell stock—in himself—lands in Hollywood.

  • By Zach Dundas and Michael Novak
  • Published 01/05/2015
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EDITORS' NOTE

Welcome to the Redesign

A chronicle of the magazine's fresh look, a year in the making

  • By Kate Madden, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, and Michael Novak
  • Published 01/02/2014
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

Oregon's newest scenic bikeway offers 50 miles of horse pastures, pioneer cemeteries, and wetlands.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 08/01/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Rock of Ages Ridge Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 07/01/2013
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OREGON BEER GUIDE

Mapping Beervana’s History [Infographic]

Like any civilization, our city of beer can get complicated. Here’s a guide to its founders and the paths they paved.

  • By Lucy Burningham
  • Published 07/01/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Cedar Butte Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/01/2013
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NEWS

How Slappy Cakes Took Portland Pancakes to Tokyo

Japan loves our do-it-yourself flapjacks.

  • By Madelynn Vislocky
  • Published 03/22/2013
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ONE SENTENCE STORIES

A New Flag for Oregon, a New State for Hawaii, and Grimm

The shortest stories in all of journalism.

  • Published 03/22/2013
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ONE SENTENCE STORIES

2013’s Dumbest Crime Story—And More!

Micro-stories about Portland's karaoke scene, sugar babies, and more.

  • Published 02/20/2013
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NEWS

Perfect Party March 2013

We gather the month's most fascinating Portland newsmakers around the table.

  • Published 02/19/2013
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BACKPAGE

School Stats Kids (Actually) Care About

Hint: They’re not the same as what parents care about.

  • Published 01/25/2013
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Article

Smelling A Story

Imaginary Authors creates a line of tale-telling perfumes.

  • By Angela Sanders
  • Published 01/25/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Pocket Creek Ski Trail

A ski-haven away from the crowds

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 01/24/2013
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ONE-SENTENCE STORIES

A Book-Infused Beer—And More!

Micro-stories about K-Stew's Portland secret, baby elephants, and Blazers karaoke

  • Published 01/24/2013
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