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.

Eat Here Now

Güero No. 1 Tortas Goes Brick-and-Mortar

The venerated Mexican sandwich cart outgrows its pod—and adds mescal margaritas.

04/17/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Pour

5 Oregon Beer Pairings to Complement Spring's Bounty

Lucy Burningham picks pints to go with spring produce and fresh catches.

04/17/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Hit List

Portland’s 10 Best Oyster Spots

Shuck, slurp, and repeat.

03/28/2017 By Elise Herron

Knobs & Bulbs

The Treasures and Tales of East Burnside's Hippo Hardware

At 41 years old, the sprawling shop is a legend of Portland oddity.

03/20/2017 By Mike Allen

Pour

Dana Frank Leads Portland's Natural Wine Revolution

The Dame sommelier walks us through the wild, sometimes weird-smelling world of natural wine.

03/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Winning Finds

Gorgeous Porcelain Smokeware to Classy Diaper Bags, April's Hottest Local Stuff

Take a peek at our favorite goods of the month, all made by women.

03/20/2017 By Marty Patail

First Impressions

Danwei Canting Brings Beijing's Melting-Pot Flavors to Southeast Portland

From Chongqing egg noodles to Xianjiang lamb skewers, the SE Stark Street spot serves up a best-of playlist.

02/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Winning Finds

Exquisitely Crafted Knives to Makeup for Women of Color, February’s Best Local Goods

All the things we fancy this month.

01/23/2017 By Eden Dawn

Longreads

Portland Monthly's Top Longreads of 2016

A trailblazing AIDS researcher. The future of weed. A hidden gorge. The illegal wildlife trade. A radical theory about Portland's origin story. Here are 12 of our best in-depth stories from the past year.

12/22/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Winter Relaxation: For What Ales You

Six-Grain Whiskey to Salted Caramel Stout, 5 Northwest Winter Warmers

Best sipped slowly by an open fire.

12/20/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Marty Patail

Winning Finds

Adorable Kidswear to Hand-Drawn Tarot Decks, January’s Best Local Stuff

Portland makers and shopkeepers throw it down.

12/20/2016 By Eden Dawn

Culture Cheat Sheet: Books

Why Beverly Cleary Is Portland’s Undisputed, Unofficial Novelist Laureate

It’s Ramona’s world. The rest of us are just living in it.

11/14/2016 By Zach Dundas

Culture Cheat Sheet: Books

The Essential Portland Bookshelf: 32 Books That Define Our City and State

Sometimes a Great Notion to Geek Love, these are the texts that express, entertain, and enlighten us.

11/14/2016 By Fiona McCann

Holidays 2016

Handmade Rugs to Repurposed Rings, Your Essential Holiday Gift Guide

Grab a nog. With these 12 locally made gifts, your shopping is done.

11/14/2016 By Eden Dawn

Tao of Meow

Meet the Man Using Data Sets to Map Portland’s Feline Friends

Want to see the city’s finest cats? Follow computer programmer Max Ogden on Instagram.

11/14/2016 By Amy Martin

Next-Level Bodega

Mini Mini Reimagines the Convenience Store

The East Burnside mini-mart elevates the utilitarian corner store to a haven of Helvetica, crowlers, and niche snacks.

11/14/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Best Restaurants 2016: Carts We Heart

Portland’s 5 Best New Food Carts of 2016

Montreal-style pastrami to smoldering coconut curry, these are our new favorites from the fast-paced world of cart cooking.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Repeat Offenders

Four Portland Dishes We Ate Over and Over and Over Again in 2016

Fried catfish to porridge (no, really), we just can’t get enough.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Kelly Clarke

Gardening

How to Grow a Pizza

Bored with your raised garden bed? Take your cues from Pizza Jerk, and plant for maximum flavor.

09/21/2016 By Kelly Clarke