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.

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Mudroom

The Perfect Party

Clint Eastwood makes our day, Packy the elephant ages gracefully, and Cheryl Strayed spills the sugar at our Perfect Party table.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 03/23/2012
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The Contenders

Local foodies should keep an eye on Portland's culinary competition.

  • By Will Lambeth
  • Published 03/23/2012
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Mudroom

The Perfect Party

A heroic homeowner takes a bite out of crime; a local dude digs the 'Couv; and queer culture makes a comeback at the Perfect Party.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 02/24/2012
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Mudroom

Brazil Bonanza

Local companies are finding a booming new market in Brazil.

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 02/24/2012
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Plantwise

Spring Ahead!

It's not too cold to get your greens growing. Now's the time to plant kale, arugula, onions, and radishes.

  • By Zach Dundas and Kate Bryant
  • Published 02/24/2012
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Mudroom

PDX Index: March Madness

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

  • By Zach Dundas and Will Lambeth
  • Published 02/23/2012
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Rise & Dine!

Portland’s Best Biscuits

We've got a bounty of biscuits that don't need gravy to make 'em special.

  • By Rachel Ritchie, Karen Brooks, and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 02/23/2012
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RISE & DINE!

Portland's Best Baked Goods

If your breakfast joint doesn't smell like fresh-baked bread and tantalizing pastry, then you're eating in the wrong place. We've got some better ideas.

  • By Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/23/2012
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Mudroom

Five Questions For… David Wolman

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

  • By Zach Dundas
  • Published 01/26/2012
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Mudroom

Education Equation

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

  • By Martin Patail
  • Published 01/26/2012
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Trail of the Month

EasyClimb Trail

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

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 01/26/2012
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Mudroom

The Perfect Party

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

  • Published 01/26/2012
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Scene & Heard

Bloody Valentine

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

  • By Georgia Perry
  • Published 01/26/2012
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Pour

Cold Comfort

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

  • By John Chandler
  • Published 01/26/2012
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Mudroom

PDX INDEX: Kids & Hospitals

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

  • By Kate Moening
  • Published 01/26/2012
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Article

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.

  • By Martin Patail
  • Published 12/23/2011
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Scene & Heard

Lucky Monday

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

  • Published 12/23/2011
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Mudroom

Rough Crossing

Morrison Bridge maintenance is mired in congestion.

  • By Audrey Van Buskirk
  • Published 12/23/2011
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Mudroom

The Perfect Party

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

  • Published 12/23/2011
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Article

PDX Index: Minimum Wage

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

  • By Derek Pettie
  • Published 12/22/2011
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