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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Mudroom

The Perfect Party

The guests we’d most like at our dinner table this month.

  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Cheese

A cracker is downright useless without a gob of Gouda or a bite of Bleu. Pacific Northwest Cheese Project founder Tami Parr takes us a-whey!

  • By Kasey Cordell
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Sweets

Portlanders have a serious sweet tooth. Cheese Bar boss Steve Jones points out classy confections.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Baked Goods

Our reverence for artisan bakery bounty borders on the fanatical.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Oils & Spices

Take a tour of the local spice trade with salty sage Mark Bitterman.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Seafood

Local culinary enthusiasts seeking outstanding oysters would do well to follow our expert explorers.

  • By Camille Grigsby-Rocca and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Global Foods

Mexican cuisine is soaring in popularity. So where can we find the finest and freshest ingredients?

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Destination Markets

For these food impresarios, grocery shopping isn’t just business. It’s personal.

  • By Benjamin Tepler and Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Meat

All good carnivores should know where to get their fix—and how to fix it.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 08/23/2012
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Cover Story

Oregon’s 50 Best Wines 2011

For this year’s list of Oregon’s 50 best wines, we gathered five of the city’s top wine connoisseurs for marathon blind-tasting sessions of some 400 of the bottles our fair state has to offer.

  • By Allison Jones and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/20/2012
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Mudroom

The Perfect Party

At last two of our Perfect Party guests this month are out of this world—astronaut Don Pettit and Laika's next stop-motion star, Norman Babcock (a.k.a. _ParaNorman_).

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 07/18/2012
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Feature

Liquid Assets

Go to the sink. Fill up a glass. Drink deep. If you’re in Portland, odds are good that you just took a big swig of Bull Run water. The fiercely protected, stunningly beautiful, and highly engineered forest landscape that provides Portland’s wa

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 07/14/2012
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Mudroom

Car-Free Crossing

The new light-rail span will add another chapter to the Bridgetown story.

  • By Martin Patail
  • Published 06/22/2012
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Mudroom

PDX Index: Waterfront Blues Fest

The numbers behind the annual Waterfront Blues Festival are nothing short of staggering.

  • By Sara Gates
  • Published 06/22/2012
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Trail City

Express Escapes

You don't have to ramble too far to find a scenic vista in this town.

  • By Sara Gates and Brian Barker
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Mudroom

Do you want to play a game?

Portland techie Andy Baio resurrects Interactive Fiction at Playfic.com.

  • By Will Lambeth
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Trail City

Northern Stars

There's no shortage of dramatic destinations as you head north to Vancouver and Camas.

  • By Julian Smith and Brian Barker
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Mudroom

Cold Fusion

Salt & Straw’s ice cream collaborations with local restaurants feature flavors ranging from boysenberries to yuzu marmalade.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 05/25/2012
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Mudroom

The Perfect Party

Eugene track athletes sprint and hurdle their way to our table this month.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 05/25/2012
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Editor’s Note

Personal Bests

  • By Randy Gragg
  • Published 04/27/2012
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