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.

Vote Watch

Primary Primer

The lowdown on the top four candidates for governor, in each of their own spoken words.

04/23/2010 By Randy Gragg

Mudroom

City Sicker

The numbers don't lie, especially concerning Multnomah County and its fellow neighbors.

04/20/2010 By Kasey Cordell

Mudroom

Spider Bytes

Volcanic eruption-predicting devices are featured along with their geological abilities. The three-legged censor is aptly referred to as a "spider," man.

04/20/2010 With Brian Barker

Editor’s Note

Rearview Mirror

The Oregon Historical Society is the West Coast’s third-largest historical archive and has been in operation for 112 years. But without a fast-acting helping hand, OHS could face a phased shutdown. The reason? No surprise: lack of operating money.

04/15/2010 By Randy Gragg

The Mudroom

Perfect Pairings

Enjoy a cold one while you wait for a restaurant as we examine four ambiguously adept combos of eat and drink.

03/15/2010 By Kasey Cordell, Rachel Ritchie, Amber Villa-Zang, and Avz

Mudroom

Cash Crop

The Portland Farmers Market has slowly blossomed into one of the city's leading economic pulses, but lack of city support has put Portland vendor's fees among the highest in the nation.

02/16/2010 By Mike Thelin

Mudroom

Eco-Erotica

Love yourself the Portland way: by going green with sustainable sex toys.

01/19/2010 By Meghan Hilliard

Mudroom

Chasing the Wind

Renewable Energy Composite Solutions and Oregon Wind battle in a war for wind.

01/19/2010 By Rachel Ritchie

Feature

Mt. Hood

As the temperatures dip towards freezing, that big A-shaped peak to the east, Mt. Hood, calls to Portlanders. We've put together a guide that highlights 23 of the mountain's most essential experiences.

11/09/2009 By Kasey Cordell, Christopher Van Tilburg, Rachel Ritchie, and Kelly O'Connor Edited by Brian Barker

RIP CITY

Game On!

We look at five members of the reinvented and reimagined Portland Trail Blazers who are ready to answer the call of "Rip City" and lead the team to their ultimate mission: a world title.

10/09/2009 By Benjamin Golliver

Mudroom

Running in Space

Local design firm Terrazign helps astronauts battle atrophy due to weightlessness through exercising harnesses.

10/09/2009 By Kasey Cordell

Mudroom

Good Company

_Business Facilities_ named Oregon as one of the top ten business climates in the United States. Let's take a look into why we ranked so high.

09/10/2009 By Kasey Cordell

Mudroom

Charting Sam

Portland astrologer Shon Clark looks to the sky to see how the stars aligned during some of Mayor Sam Adams' most famous (and infamous) days.

09/10/2009 By Shon Clark

Mudroom

Grounds Control

Rapidly expanding caffeine empire Stumptown Coffee Roasters has new competition in the city—both foreign (Seattle) and domestic.

07/20/2009 By Mike Thelin

Currency

What happens when God goes broke?

His son might be able to walk on water, but even God is having trouble staying afloat in this economy. At least that’s the case at downtown’s First Unitarian Church, where, facing a $185,000 budget deficit, the doors may have to be shuttered for the month

05/19/2009 By Lynette Sanchez

Mudroom

How To…Pluck A Person Off Mount Hood

The January 17 helicopter rescue of Mount Hood climber Michael Leming certainly wasn’t the first time the National Guard’s 1042nd Medical Company has picked someone off the peak, but it might have been the last—at least for a while. The company and

05/19/2009 By Sam Holder

P-Town Diary

Escape from New York

Another Brooklynite trades the Big Apple for a Portland state of mind.

05/19/2009 By Daniel B. Smith

Article

Forbidden Fruit

McMenamins runs low on one of its signature brews—and it’s all Serbia’s fault.

05/19/2009 By Kasey Cordell

Read Up

Sign of the Times

In 2003, the Federal Highway Administration approved the new font Clearview for use on signs

05/19/2009 By Anne Brice

We Liked It

The Book of Nonsense

With his first foray into young-adult fiction, Beaverton middle-school teacher David Michael Slater demonstrates genuine flair for the genre, and manages to avoid enough familiar YA fantasy tropes in *THE BOOK OF NONSENSE*.

05/19/2009 By Ben Hogan