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.

PDX Planner

Portland by the Season: Can't-Miss Stuff for Every Time of Year

From summer swims to winter film fests, here's how to fill your calendar.

08/03/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

Recipes

Make Kim Jong Grillin’s Salty-Sweet Galbi Short Ribs at Home

The secret ingredient? Strawberry Sunkist.

07/17/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

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5 Must-Pack Items for Your Next Oregon Coast Adventure

Beach, please. Here's how to outfit yourself for maximum relaxation.

07/17/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Business

Pok Pok Wings Will Soon Be Available in Vegas

And if all goes well, we could see them everywhere.

07/17/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Summer Eats: Fun in the Sun

11 Amazing Ways to Savor Summer in Portland

Garden bowers. Yacht-side patios. Slurping banana pudding milkshakes and swilling beers with llamas. We’ve got ideas.

06/19/2018 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Sam Pape, Benjamin Tepler, and Sarah Williams

Summer Eats: Master the Markets

Beyond the Behemoths: 3 Smaller Portland Farmers Markets to Know

For speed and specialties, hit these spots.

06/19/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Dining Guide

27 Portland Patios for Blissed-Out Summer Dining

Like food? And sun? This list is for you.

06/19/2018 By Eat Beat Team

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Upgrade Your Backyard Bash with This Portland-Perfect Stuff

Giant party games and wood-burning chimineas help get the party started.

06/19/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Hot Wheels

Here's Where to Find Portland's Underground Custom Car Scene

Every Sunday, the city's motorheads gather on SE Second Avenue for an event called the Red Door Meet.

06/19/2018 By Mike Allen

Camping Guide: Bring the Heat

5 Delicious Ways to Boost Your Campfire Cooking Game

From forest fondue to an off-the-grid old-fashioned, these recipes bring culinary swagger to the backcountry.

05/22/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Design

The Hidden History of North Portland's Flower-Powered Peninsula Park

With its sunken garden and lusty pink blooms, the park was part of our young city's frenzy for roses.

05/22/2018 By Kate Bryant

Shop Hop

7 Must-Hit Shops on SE Division

The Southeast Portland dining destination is now a must-shop strip, with vintage scavenger hunts, occult tomes, and sequined minidresses.

05/22/2018 By Eden Dawn

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Filmmaker Crofton Diack Packs This Portland-Made Stuff on Wilderness Treks

Want to survive the Arctic? Bring sausage and body balm.

05/22/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Pour

Kiosko Brings Latin Pride—and Mexican Affogato—to the South Waterfront

Forget your vanilla latte. At this diminutive coffee shop, it's all "cortaditos" and "ahogados."

04/24/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Recipes

A New Italian Market in Lents Makes a Mean 'Grass Pie'

Don't call it a quiche.

04/24/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Spotlight

At Dos Hermanos, Two Yucatán-Born Brothers Work Bakery Magic

Gabriel and Josue Azcorra fuel N Williams with great baguettes and sugar-showered Mexican pastries.

04/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Style

Hair and Makeup Maven, Renegade Artist … and Sea Captain?

Get to know Portlander Randi Whipple before she ships out.

04/24/2018 By Eden Dawn

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Some of Portland’s Coolest Stuff Is Lady-Made

From erotic selfie quilts to colorful tote bags, women run this city's maker scene.

04/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Find Great Hand-Stretched Noodles at This Downtown Food Cart

Slurp, sip, and repeat.

03/27/2018 By Kelly Clarke