This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
Working Title: Web Dojinshi: From YKTTW
: Do The Order of the Stick
—comics that explicitly reference Dungeons & Dragons
but take place in original settings—count as Fan Web Comics
: Not really. These comics are closer to works of parody than fan comics, especially in that they avoid explicitly defining the terms and names they use. "Spot check" is not a trademarked term, for instance, but the definition of "Spot check" in D&D is copyrighted material.
There's also the fact that The Order of the Stick
has spawned a number of fan comics itself (including my own) to consider.