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 Index: March Madness

Go inside the numbers of March Madness. Who knows, it may improve your chances in the office pool.

02/23/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas By Will Lambeth


Cold Comfort

House Spirits reinvents the White Russian with an artisan coffee liqueur.

01/26/2012 By John Chandler

Trail of the Month

EasyClimb Trail

The new bike trail at Cascade Locks is simple and scenic.

01/26/2012 By Brian Barker


Five Questions For… David Wolman

Local writer David Wolman answers questions about the current state of currency.

01/26/2012 By Zach Dundas


PDX INDEX: Kids & Hospitals

This month we crunch the numbers on children's hospitals.

01/26/2012 By Kate Moening


The Perfect Party: February 2012

Party invites go out to a homeless advocate, a virtuous vineyard owner, and a wolf that likes to ramble.



Education Equation

Some of the state's best minds are rethinking the way we do schools.

01/26/2012 By Martin Patail

Scene & Heard

Bloody Valentine

Even the doom-and-gloom crowd can look for love at the Lovecraft Bar.

01/26/2012 By Georgia Perry


Rough Crossing

Morrison Bridge maintenance is mired in congestion.

12/23/2011 By Audrey Van Buskirk


Five Questions For…Ancient Portland

The history of Portland goes much, much further back than you think. Lewis and Clark simply jumped on the bandwagon.

12/23/2011 By Martin Patail

Scene & Heard

Lucky Monday

Fun and new friends are an easy score at Bourbon and Bingo.



The Perfect Party: January 2012

Richard Lariviere's hat, a sharpshooting lady Viking, and a revolutionary rooster earn seats at the table.



PDX Index: Minimum Wage

This month's figures look at the maximum impact of minimum wage.

12/22/2011 By Derek Pettie


PDX Index: Composting

It's not a waste of time to take note of these recycling numbers.

11/23/2011 By Meghan Ratliffe


Flavor Profile

At McMinnville's Fino In Fondo, the sausage is strictly Italian.

11/23/2011 By Vanessa Chang


Sagas of Scent

Scented gifts purchased at Portland's Perfume House come with a story.

11/23/2011 By Emily Burton

Scene & Heard

Shipping News

Take a look inside FedEx’s Troutdale nerve center.

11/23/2011 By Martin Patail

Cover Story

Relax: 50 Ways to Spoil Yourself This Season

For a season famous for good cheer, the holidays can prove pretty stressful. Fortunately, we've found 50 ways to soothe your soul (and mind, and body, and appetite) this winter.

11/18/2011 Edited by Kasey Cordell With Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Martin Patail, Benjamin Tepler, Ramona DeNies, Ashleigh Westmoreland, Meghan Ratliffe, and Derek Pettie

Trail of the Month

Cape Horn

Get a gorgeous view of the Gorge from Cape Horn.

10/14/2011 By Brian Barker


Rebuilding the Male

Looking for an advantage in the job market? Consult your plastic surgeon.

10/14/2011 By Martin Patail