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.

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.

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

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.

06/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke

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.

06/13/2016 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: June’s Best Local Stuff

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

05/19/2016 By Marty Patail

RECIPE

Bollywood Theater Serves Up a Spicy, Fruity Indian Chutney

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

04/22/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

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.

04/22/2016 By Kelly Clarke

MARIJUANA

Oregon’s Super-High Standards for Marijuana Edibles

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

04/22/2016

REVIEW

Granola Power Ranking

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

03/25/2016 By Karen Brooks

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?

03/01/2016 By Fiona McCann

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

03/01/2016 By Marty Patail

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.

03/01/2016 By Marty Patail

Super Bowl

Grub Guide: Portland's Best 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.

02/04/2016 By Alex Keith

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: February’s Best Local Stuff

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

01/25/2016 By Marty Patail

RECIPE

A Taste of True Catalan Comfort

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

01/25/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

BIG PICTURE

Adding Soul to Custom Caskets

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

01/25/2016 By Megan Haverman

5 THINGS ABOUT

Union Station Turns 120

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

01/25/2016 By Katie Vaughan

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.

12/21/2015 Edited by Marty Patail

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: January’s Best Local Stuff

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

12/21/2015 By Marty Patail

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.

12/03/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

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.

12/01/2015 By Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke