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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Article

The Perfect Party: November 2012

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

  • Published 10/16/2012

Tech Scene

Portland's High-Craft Tech Boom

What our thriving start-up scene owes to Portland's crafty culture and urbanism.

  • By Will Lambeth
  • Published 10/16/2012

Article

One Sentence Stories

It's another installment of One Sentence Stories—because there's simply no time for details.

  • Published 09/21/2012

Trail of the Month

Butte Creek Falls Trail

Activity: Waterfall & Fall-color Viewing | Distance: About 1 mile, round trip | Rating: Moderate

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 09/21/2012

Plantwise

Fall to the Wall

The cycle of harvest and planting marches on so keep an eye on your gardening to-do list.

  • By Kate Bryant
  • Published 09/21/2012

Article

Perfect Storm

Fifty years ago, the Big Blow smashed Oregon—and cleared a path for pinot noir.

  • By Kit Mauldin
  • Published 09/21/2012

Article

The Perfect Party

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

  • Published 09/21/2012

A Toast of Two Cities

Wine Country Weekend: Newberg or McMinnville?

McMinnville and Newberg regularly vie for the title of top wine-country town. We turn the spotlight on their hottest new spots to help you decide who deserves the honor.

  • By Kasey Cordell
  • Published 09/21/2012

Mudroom

East Meets West Side

The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine flies in a feng shui master to channel its chi.

  • By Kit Mauldin
  • Published 08/23/2012

Mudroom

The Perfect Party

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

  • Published 08/23/2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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