Yeah this stuff is being used to great effect lately with animatics for storyboarding for film. Though lately I've seen it used for BD style comics as well. One of my all time favorites has put it to some good use:
I have some others that I'll dig up and post that more involved than that. It's an interesting process. I've done a bit of traditional animation from time to time - and these animatics are far less involved that is for sure. There are several different processes that can used to arrive at a final finished animatic. And then of course you can go to varying degrees of full animation as well.
There is really killer one in this tutorial vid (though I think the link I've posted is just a quicky intro):
Massive Black - El Coro - Cinematic Storyboarding
This guy is unreal... I think all comic book artists could learn a whole lot from watching this video. He's got some insanely good pointers in the thing. It's worth every penny... just brilliant. At any rate.. he's got a nice animatic in there of the storyboard you see him create. Everything he covers in that video applies directly to comics as well. It should be required viewing in art schools.
I'll post up a bit more info after I get some z-z-z-z-z-z-z