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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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

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Cedar Butte Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/01/2013

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

NEWS

How Slappy Cakes Took Portland Pancakes to Tokyo

Japan loves our do-it-yourself flapjacks.

  • By Madelynn Vislocky
  • Published 03/22/2013

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

NEWS

Perfect Party March 2013

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

  • Published 02/19/2013

BACKPAGE

School Stats Kids (Actually) Care About

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

  • Published 01/25/2013

Article

Smelling A Story

Imaginary Authors creates a line of tale-telling perfumes.

  • By Angela Sanders
  • Published 01/25/2013

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Pocket Creek Ski Trail

A ski-haven away from the crowds

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 01/24/2013

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

Article

The Perfect Party: Super Bowl Edition

The guests we’d most like to watch the big game with

  • Published 01/23/2013

MUDROOM

Perfect Party

The guests we'd most like to see at our dinner table this month.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 12/20/2012

NEWS

Insider Secrets of a Dog-Show Champion

Portland's top competitive Pekingese prepares for victory.

  • By Jonathan Frochtzwajg
  • Published 12/12/2012

FOOD

Portland Restaurants' Awesome Sauces

Four of the best custom sauces in Portland, from mild to hot

  • By Michael Zusman
  • Published 12/12/2012

MUDROOM

One Sentence Stories: January 2013

Micro-stories about racists, high schoolers making wine, and stink bugs

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 12/12/2012

TROPHY CASE

Trophy Case: January's Best Local Stuff

A guide to Portland's coolest products and ideas

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 12/12/2012

ONE SENTENCE STORIES

Local Time Traveler…and More!

Micro-stories about space suits, beer, and Justin Bieber's chest baring.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 11/21/2012

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Alameda Ridge Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 11/20/2012

Trail of the Month

Aldrich Butte Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 10/16/2012

Business

How the Ace Hotel Creates Its Products

A look at the Ace Hotel's collaborations with local designers and makers

  • By Martin Patail
  • Published 10/16/2012
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