We asked for your help finding the best and brightest online in Los Angeles, and you delivered. After combing through thousands of nominations for the L.A. Weekly Web Awards 2012, we're happy to announce our finalists.

But we can't do all of this ourselves. We've got a panel of judges to help us pick the winners. Let's meet them, shall we?

Tony Pierce is the Online News Editor at KPCC. He's also the former editor of LAist, and helped launched blogs such as “LA Now,” “Hero Complex,” and “Framework” at the Los Angeles Times.

Adam Lisagor is the founder of Birdhouse, a video production company that has made promo videos for tech companies including Groupon, Airbnb, and Square. He also runs sandwichvideo.com, youlooknicetoday.com, and adamlisagor.com.

Willy Blackmore is the Los Angeles editor of TastingTable.com.

Jo Stougaard is a Studio City-based food blogger who blogs at My Last Bite and has been taking pictures of her food since 1982.

Kevin Bronson is a former Los Angeles Times editor, writer and blogger who founded the L.A.-centric music website BUZZBANDS.LA in 2008.

Mitchell Frank is the trailblazing entrepreneur and nightlife visionary behind The Echo, Echoplex, Spaceland Productions and the Regent Theatre.

Shira Lazar is the host and executive producer “What's Trending”, and was named one of Fast Company's 2011 Most Influential Women in Technology and Huffington Post's “Women in Tech to follow on Twitter.”

Ze Frank is a an online artist and media creator. His current project is “A Show with ZeFrank” in which his audience collaborates to make amazing things.

Nancy Miller is the deputy editor at Los Angeles magazine, and previously worked as the West Coast editorial director at Fast Company and as a senior editor at Wired, where she covered the intersection of culture and technology.

Jake Swearingen is the web editor of L.A. Weekly.

Even with those folks on board, we still need some help. Which is why we're turning to you — the smart, savvy, very good-looking readers of L.A. Weekly — to help us pick winners in three categories: Best Podcast, Best YouTube Star, and Best Web Series. Head over to our poll page and drop your vote for who should win. (One vote per customer, please.) We'll leave the poll open until midnight on August 30th.

The complete set of winners (both readers' choice and judge-selected) will be announced September 19. We'll also be throwing a little party at Bardot that night — stay tuned for more details.

Thanks to everyone who made nominations, and best of luck to all our finalists!

The full list of finalists for the L.A. Weekly Web Awards 2012:

Best Neighborhood Blog

The Eastsider LA

WeHo Daily

Tropico Station

Mar Vista Mom

Best Online Do-Gooder

Los Angeles Streetsblog

Hound the Press

Mark Horvath for Hardly Normal and Invisible People

City Watch LA

Best Breaking News Source





Best Sports Blog

Lakers Now

LA Kings Insider

Mayor's Manor

Lost Angeles

Best Media Personality Twitter





Best Public Safety Twitter





Best L.A. City App

Beat the Traffic

Made in L.A. Soundmap

Park Me


Best Instagrammer

goeastlos (East Los Angeles)

lifeserial (Matt Allard)

laurenlemon (Lauren Randolph)

ilegend_photographer (Johny Hopkins)

Best Arts & Culture Site

Artbound – KCET

Big Wheel Online Magazine

East of Borneo

Los Angeles Review of Books

Best Startup



Maker Studios


Best Fashion Blog

Cupcakes and Cashmere


Jazzi McG

Where's My Other Shoe

Best Sex Blog

AV Flox

Sex Nerd Sandra

Sex Work Activism in Los Angeles

Best Musician Twitter


Riff Raff


Katy Goodman

Best Musician Instagrammer

Malia James


Adam Weiss


Best Musician Online Presence

Iggy Azalea

Bethany Cosentino


Earl Sweatshirt

Best Food Blog

Good Food


LA Foodie

East Side Food Bites

Best Food Twitter

Consuming LA

Adam Roberts

Akasha Richmond

Michael Voltaggio

Best Food Instagrammer



Pinoy Panda

Best Bar Blogger

Beers in Paradise

Caroline on Crack

The Minty

Thirty in L.A.

Best Online Food Presence

Grill 'Em All

Buttermilk Truck

Kogi BBQ Truck

Ludo Truck

Best Podcast

How Did This Get Made?

Comedy Bang Bang

Independent Thinking with Steve Gelder

Sick and Wrong

Walking the Room

You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes

Uhh Yeah Dude

The Spoon

The Apple Sisters

WTF with Marc Maron

Who Charted?

Sklarbro Country

Best YouTube Star

Awkward Kids

The Apple Sisters

Daniel Nelson

Freddie Wong

Jenna Marbles

Jessica and Hunter

Rachel Bloom

Best Web Series

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis


Burning Love


Drink Inc.

Front Seat Chronicles

Glitter, Glue and Gluttony

Leap Year

The Maurizio Show



Save the Supers



The Bomb Shelter

The Ex-Box

The Vault

Vampire Mob

Walking in L.A.

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