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.

Mixology 101

The Beer Fashioned

Too much of a good thing?

08/24/2010 By John Chandler

The Mudroom

Follow the LEEDer

Hood River Middle Schools aims are high when it comes to LEED certification and going green.

08/16/2010 By Lauren Fox

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Pinot Partners

Oregon and Washington wine to be promoted in China.

07/15/2010 By Kasey Cordell

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The Perfect Party

People we’d most like at our dinner table this month, including an ex-Portland Mercury editor, and an identity thief.

07/15/2010

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ID-ing P-town

Portland industrial designers are being noticed on a national scale, but what's next?

07/02/2010 By Christian DeBenedetti

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The Perfect Party

People we'd most like at our dinner table this month, including a poet, a couple cops, and a scientist.

06/16/2010

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On a Wheel and a Prayer

Portland and Pope Pius XII team up to protect Oregon's bicyclists in a whole new way with Portland's new Bicycle Shrine, honoring the patron saint of cycling, the Madonna del Ghisallo.

06/10/2010 By Kasey Cordell

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Electric Avenue

Perfect for the task at hand, green-friendly and urban-growth-cap'd Portland gears up for electric vehicular transportation of the future.

06/10/2010 By Zach Dundas

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A Good Paddlin’

Table tennis is poppin' in the Rose City.

05/17/2010 By Phil Busse

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

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City Sicker

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

04/20/2010 By Kasey Cordell

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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

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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

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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

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Eco-Erotica

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

01/19/2010 By Meghan Hilliard

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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

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Running in Space

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

10/09/2009 By Kasey Cordell