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.

Drink Here Now

4 New Portland Bars to Visit This Winter

Our city's latest crop of watering holes is wild, bright, and a little spooky.

12/28/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Fiona McCann, Eleanor Van Buren, and Ramona DeNies

Pour

Boost Your Smoothie Game with These DIY Nut Milks

Cristina Baez, the tastemaker behind Ataula and 180, shares her recipe for creamy, do-it-all nut milks.

12/28/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Year in Review

Portland's 10 Biggest Restaurant Openings and Closings of 2017

We take stock of the whirlwind year in food.

12/27/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Books

Oregon’s Best New Children’s Books

The recent crop boasts poetry, biographies, and a Mo Willems stamp of approval.

11/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

8 Portland Cookbooks for Every Kind of Food Lover

From Pok Pok to Pix to pickles, local chefs and writers share DIY secrets.

11/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Word of Mouth

Forget Wine. Here's What Food Critic Karen Brooks Brings to a Party.

From geeky nut butters to cool chocolate bars, you're guaranteed another invite.

11/20/2017 By Karen Brooks

Pour

You Can Drink Rare Wine from around the World in a Northeast Portland Bunker

Hunting for your next bottle? Head underground to NE Alberta's Les Caves.

11/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Recipes

Oregon's Revel Meat Tells You How Your Sausage Really Gets Made

And also your steak, chops, and this fine ham.

11/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Old Joy

Your Ultimate Guide to Portland's Vintage Shopping Scene

From clothes to jewelry, furniture to housewares, dive into our city's best vintage shops.

11/20/2017 By Eden Dawn Photography by Christopher Dibble

It's a Wrap!

From Pineapple Shot Glasses to Chic Leather Bags, Your 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether affordable or fancy, these local gifts take care of everyone on your list.

11/20/2017 By Eden Dawn

Tech

A Radical New Tech Start-Up Movement Gathers in Portland This Week

Kinder, cooler, and smarter: 'zebra' companies take on Silicon Valley’s 'unicorns.'

11/13/2017 By Zach Dundas

Mississippi/Williams: Oddities

5 Places That Exist Only in Portland's N Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

You want tiny orchestras, storied toilets, and beverages that forecast the future? This area’s got you covered.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Winning Finds

Gorgeous Raincoats to Slick Galoshes, the Best Local Stuff for Wet Weather

In the cold November rain.

10/16/2017 By Eden Dawn

Pour

Orange Julius + Festive Nog = This Cocktail

Veteran bartender Eric Nelson shakes up one of his hair-of-the-dog favorites.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: One-Stop Shop

4 Reasons Providore Fine Foods Is Portland’s Best Grocery Feast

Shopping? Might as well slurp oysters and drink txakoli while you’re there.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: Step into the Light

Behold the Most Elegant—Dare We Say, Delicate—Ramen on Portland’s Scene

Kayo’s Ramen Bar isn’t out to overpower you. And that’s a good thing.

10/12/2017 By Zach Dundas

Best Restaurants 2017: Attack the Stack

Stacked Ups the Sandwich Game (in an Already Sandwich-Obsessed City)

Oxtail French dips to fried shiitake-adorned wedge salads, this is lunch nirvana.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: Feel the Joy

Why We Need Güero's Delicious Tortas

Now more than ever.

10/12/2017 By Zach Dundas

Weekly Planner

Mezcal for Mexico Earthquake Relief, Daniel Patterson at Coquine, and More PDX Food Events

… including a wine pop-up from Parallel, Thanksgiving with Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's, and a Zenger Farm dinner.

10/11/2017 By Benjamin Tepler