Before I answer this, I want to point out that even though I had some clear guidelines, you yourself did not
1. Let me know which position you wanted and
2. Provide me a direct link to your comic (you sent me your creator page which has various comics)
The discord part is understandable.
Yes, I still accepted some people even when they did not follow these, but they were also stronger contenders (and it was generally easier to figure out which was the comic they wanted to use)
Let me be clear, the bar that I have set is not "high". Every single participant I have accepted are part of the Tapas community comics. None are Tapas Originals, THOSE comics have an objectively high standard. We at Tapiyoka Studios have a high standard for ourselves and to keep that integrity we would like our collaborators to be of a similar standards, ideals, and goals. We want to influence others and also be influenced by those that are ambitious. Yes, this is a fun little thing for those that are a part of it, but it is also a good way to network. If you check all of the current participants, there are actually quite a diverse difference in art skill level, subscriber count, comics episode count, etc, etc. We do try to make it as open as possible (keeping all these things in mind).
If I intended to make an event for EVERYONE and ANYONE, then I would have done that from the start. My event is not unreasonable, and by nature because there is a picking process, yes to some degree you could call it "exclusive", I will not deny that. I am not trying to hide any dark motives, I just don't think it is necessary for me to point these things out. People can read the posts, people can analyse the situation and figure these things out.
To add on top of everything, and to give you a personal answer, I have mentioned that we will be promoting all of these comics in one of our episodes. So yes, to an extent that is a personal choice that we wish to promote arguably nice comics in the name of our brand. I respect all applicants and take my time out to go through every comic to decide. In return you should also respect our decisions.